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Kia PICANTO HATCHBACK 1.25 X-Line 5dr Auto

Kia PICANTO 1.25 X-Line 5dr Auto
Kia PICANTO 1.25 X-Line 5dr Auto
Kia PICANTO 1.25 X-Line 5dr Auto
Kia PICANTO 1.25 X-Line 5dr Auto
Kia PICANTO 1.25 X-Line 5dr Auto
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Kia PICANTO 1.25 X-Line 5dr Auto
Kia PICANTO 1.25 X-Line 5dr Auto
Kia PICANTO 1.25 X-Line 5dr Auto
Kia PICANTO 1.25 X-Line 5dr Auto
Kia PICANTO 1.25 X-Line 5dr Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG52.30
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed100 mph
  • C02124 g/km
  • BHP83
  • Torque90 lbs/f
  • P11D25%

Review

In third generation form, Kia's Picanto is a little citycar that's big in importance for its Korean maker. Stylish, frugal and practical, it may just redefine the way many people think about this smallest category of car.

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Kia's Picanto has earned a reputation as a no frills city scoot but the third generation model feels a far better finished item. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Here's how we used to understand small car categorisation and the difference between Fiesta-sized superminis and their smaller, cheaper citycar counterparts. You paid extra for a supermini because it was slightly bigger, because it was better finished and more stylish and because it had more refined engines that made possible longer journeys. So where does that kind of thinking leave us with a product like this, the third generation Kia Picanto? It competes with the kinds of models we'd see as citycars, yet like many of them now, it boasts the kind of interior space a supposedly bigger Fiesta or a Corsa had until quite recently. It's very nicely built and acceptably stylish. And yes, it's quite at home attempting longer journeys. Here is the citycar, all grown-up. Where that leaves today's supermini sector is something we don't have to worry about here. Suffice it to say that most of what you'd pay up to £15,000 or more for in that class of car is delivered by this Kia. Other urban runabouts that have previously advanced that argument have either been expensive and/or three-door only, like say a Fiat 500, or have felt too cheap and noisy to really justify themselves as only-car transport, like a Suzuki Celerio or, I suppose, a Hyundai i10. I mention the Hyundai because that essentially is what this Picanto is underneath. Kia has used the underpinnings from this best-selling design, then refined them, improved the build quality and added a sharp new suit of clothes on top. On paper, a pretty effective route to creating a class-leading contender. Let's see if it's worked.

Driving Experience

Underpinning this Picanto's quicker, more responsive steering is a range of highly efficient small-capacity petrol engines. Three units will be available to buyers. The 1.0-litre 66bhp and 1.25-litre 83bhp naturally-aspirated multi-point injection (MPI) engines have been carried over from the previous model, with a range of enhancements to improve efficiency and driveability. More interesting is the news that at the top of the range, Kia is introducing the pokier and more efficient 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) 99bhp power unit borrowed from the larger Rio supermini. All engines are paired with a five-speed manual transmission, delivering power to the front wheels. The 1.25-litre MPI engine is also available with a four-speed automatic transmission. On the move, buyers familiar with the previous model should find that refinement is much improved thanks to a range of modifications designed to isolate the cabin from vibrations and noise from the road, wind and the engine. The result is a car that Kia says offers the quietest cabin of any A-segment model, both at idle and at a steady cruise. As for handling, well modifications to the suspension are said to deliver greater ride stability and quicker, more enjoyable dynamic responses. The Picanto's revised dimensions also enable the pitch centre of the car to be placed further towards the rear, helping to naturally reduce 'nose dive' under braking without firming up the suspension and potentially compromising ride comfort.

Design and Build

This third generation Picanto has a more assertive stance with bolder body lines. It's bigger too, with a 15mm wheelbase increase, though this MK3 model is no longer than the previous version. This time round, there's a single five-door bodystyle and strong, straight lines run horizontally across the front of the car, emphasising the 'tiger-nose' grille and angular wrap-around headlights. Vertical lines that encompass the side intakes and lower grille enhance the Picanto's more confident new 'face'. The model also adopts Kia's wide C-pillar as a design motif, which stands more upright than that of the previous car. Inside, Kia designers have created a more modern, refined cabin than the second-generation model, with classier materials and a smarter layout. The dashboard is now more centrally aligned, with a large 7.0-inch 'floating' touchscreen sitting at the heart of the centre console and moving many of the car's controls further up into the driver's line of sight. The interior certainly feels more spacious, the base of the dashboard having been moved upwards by 15mm for greater knee and leg space for front passengers. At the back, buyers get a choice of a bench offering either four or five seats. And behind that, there's a 255-litre boot that's class-leadingly big for a citycar.

Market and Model

Pricing to be pretty similar to what went before, which means a Picanto range priced in the £9,500 to £14,000 bracket. There are four mainstream trim levels - '1', '2', '3', 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S'. Plus there's also an 'X-Line' variant with SUV styling cues. If within that range, you can stretch to a plusher model, you'll get yourself a citycar fitted out with some of the most advanced infotainment and convenience technologies available in the A-segment. Primarily, we're referring to the large, 'floating' 7.0-inch touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard which houses a navigation system with 3D mapping and is available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for full smartphone integration. A rear-view parking camera with dynamic guidelines is also on offer to buyers who want an additional level of assurance when completing parking manoeuvres. An optional wireless smartphone charger and USB port, located at the base of the centre console, ensures that drivers can keep mobile devices charged on the move. As for safety, well Kia says that this is the safest A-segment car it has ever made, featuring double the proportion of Advanced High Strength Steel compared to the outgoing model and a selection of active safety technologies. The stronger, lighter body is supported by six standard airbags (front, front side and curtain airbags), and an optional knee airbag, as well as a range of active safety features. These include standard Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to ensure stability under braking and cornering. In addition, this Picanto is available with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).

Cost of Ownership

No car in this class has a sniff of a chance unless it can guarantee tiny day to day running costs and the Picanto tries hard to answer that particular call. Its efficiency potential is slightly restrictyed by the fact that the volume normally aspirated variants don't get the brand's 'ISG' engine stop/start system. Even the base 66bhp 1.0-litre unit still manages 64.2mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 101g/km. If you go for the 1.25-litre engine, the figures are 61.4mg and 106g/km, falling to 52.3mpg and 124g/km if you go for this engine with auto transmission. With the 1.0 T-GDI turbo variant, around 65mpg should be possible, along with a sub-100g/km CO2 figure. Couple the titchy fuel bills with free road tax and cheap insurance and you have a car that makes all kinds of sense for city drivers. It's exactly because it stacks up so well on the balance sheet that residual values look set to be very healthy. The much-trumpeted 7 year / 100,000 warranty helps in that regard since it's transferrable to future owners. However, it is worth pointing out that the 'bumper to bumper' complete car warranty is only five years, with the extra two years of cover being restricted to the engine and gearbox. If the car is sold through a Kia Used Approved Dealership when less than 18 months old or with less than 18,000 miles on the clock, the warranty will be topped up to match that of a new model.

Summary

It's not uncommon to assess a vehicle and wonder why it has been launched. Some manufacturers get their product design cycles out of phase with economic conditions, while others launch into a once fashionable market that's gone cold. Then there are those that arrive plum square with the right product at the right time and the Picanto is most definitely one of the latter. It doesn't do anything that's particularly fresh or radical but its blend of affordability coupled with solid engineering, impressive build quality, generous equipment and clean styling build upon its tiny ongoing running costs to form a convincing buying proposition. Back that up with a great warranty and the Kia Picanto emerges as one of the very best citycars we've seen in quite some time.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Automatic headlights
Bi-function projection headlights
Black radiator grille with chrome surround
Black side sill moulding
Black wheel arch cladding
Body colour bumpers
Body colour mirrors and door handles
Chrome side window trim
Day/night rear view mirror
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors with LED indicators lights
Front and rear bumpers with silver skid plates and twin exhaust
Front and rear electric windows with drivers's auto up/down function
Front fog lights
Headlamp levelling
Heated rear window
High mount brake light
LED daytime running lights
LED rear lights
Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgate
Rear fog lights
Rear wash/wipe
Tinted glass
Variable front intermittent wipers
Visible VIN plate
Welcome and follow-me home light functionality
Driver Convenience
7" Touchscreen display with RDS and DAB
Apple car play/Android Auto with voice control
Digital clock
External temperature gauge
Motor driven power steering
Rear parking sensors
Reversing camera system with dynamic guidelines (Integrated into centre fascia screen)
Tachometer
Trip computer
Entertainment
6 speaker audio system
Bluetooth with music streaming
Steering wheel mounted controls
USB and auxiliary socket
Interior Features
12V power point front
3 x passenger assist grips
60/40 split/folding 2nd row of seats
All round height adjutable headrests
Aluminium pedals
Centre Console with Storage Box and Sliding Armrest
Coat hooks
Cupholders in centre console
Driver and front passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Driver seat height adjust
Faux leather upholstery
Front cabin lights
Glovebox
ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
Leather trimmed steering wheel and gearshift
Luggage area light
Luggage area parcel shelf
Manual air conditioning
Passenger front seatback pockets
Satin chrome interior door handles
Slide/reclining front seats
Tilt adjustable steering wheel
White and Green accents on door armrests, lower centre console trim and air vents
Packs
Advanced Driver Assistance Pack - Picanto
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS/EBD
Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact
Dual front airbags
Emergency stop signalling system
ESC + BAS + VSM + HAC
Front seatbelt height adjusters
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Rear child proof door locks
Seatbelt warning
Side impact protection
Traction control
Twin Curtain Airbags
Twin front side airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Anti theft alarm
Engine immobiliser
Folding key
Locking wheel nuts
Remote central door locking
Trim
High gloss black centre fascia
Wheels
16" alloy wheels
Tyre mobility kit
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.447
CO2 (g/km) 137
HC 0.024
Noise Level dB(A) 71
NOx 0.019
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 151
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft SOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1248
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 4 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 47.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 51.4
EC Urban (mpg) 40.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 6.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb 42.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 40.9
WLTP - MPG - High 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Low 31.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium 45.6
General
Badge Engine CC 1.25
Badge Power 83
Coin Series X-Line
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 7E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 79
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 64
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 54
NCAP Safety Assist % 25
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 7
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs) 13.2
Engine Power - BHP 83
Engine Power - KW 62
Engine Power - RPM 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 90
Engine Torque - MKG 12.4
Engine Torque - NM 122
Engine Torque - RPM 4000
Top Speed 100
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 195/45 R16
Tyre Size Rear 195/45 R16
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 16" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1500
Length 3670
Wheelbase 2400
Width 1625
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 35
Gross Vehicle Weight 1400
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1010
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 255
Max. Loading Weight 441
Max. Roof Load 60
Minimum Kerbweight 959
No. of Seats 5

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Exterior Features
Premium paint £535.00
Special paint £260.00
Paintwork
Premium paint - Lime light £535.00
Premium paint - Midnight black £535.00
Premium paint - Titanium silver £535.00
Solid - Blue breeze FOC
Special - Clear white £260.00
Trim
Faux leather - Grey FOC
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