PICANTO 2015 - 2017

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GENERAL SPECIFICATION

Picanto

The new Kia Picanto

  1. SHORT STORY

Kia’s smallest car – restyled, re-engineered and better equipped 

  • Two EU6-compliant powertrains
  • Styling and quality enhancements to front, rear and interior
  • Standard equipment levels raised
  • Choice of three- and five-door models all with five seats
  • Stylish, spacious, versatile and fun to drive
  • All covered by Kia’s unique seven-year warranty 

The Picanto, Kia’s smallest car in the UK, has undergone a comprehensive package of styling, re-engineering and specification upgrades which were revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Unlike many cars in its category, it offers buyers the choice of two body styles – three-door and five-door – each with its own distinctive character but united in delivering space, versatility and a high level of quality and specification in a compact, city-friendly package. Depending on model, it is available with a choice of two petrol engines which are ideally suited to the age of downsizing, fuel-saving and emissions-cutting. The larger of the two is available with the convenience of automatic transmission, reducing the stresses of city driving. 

The recently refreshed range is distinguished by subtle styling upgrades which further enhance the pert, fun-to-drive character of the Picanto. The interior trim features detailed enhancements which emphasise that the Picanto is a car of substance, despite its low price. Equipment levels have also been raised in many cases. More than ever, the Picanto feels like a big car in all but the amount of road space it occupies. 

The two engines available are both members of the Kappa family. There is a characterful three-cylinder 1.0-litre unit which is ideal for the city driving for which the Picanto was primarily designed, but is also far from its depth when longer journeys are necessary, and a 1.25-litre four-cylinder version which is available with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Both engines can be combined with Kia’s Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) stop/start system, which means that no fuel is used and no emissions are created when the Picanto is stationary in traffic. It is standard on 1.25-litre manual models.         

Picanto five-door

The five-door Picanto offers buyers a choice of six trim grades – badged 1, 1 Air, SR7, 2, 3 and 4 – and the option of either engine. Grades 1, 1 Air and SR7 are available with the 1.0-litre engine; grade 2 offers both engines with ISG; grades 2 and 3 are 1.25-litre models and give buyers the choice of manual or automatic transmission; while grade 4 is sold solely as a 1.25-litre manual. 

The Picanto five-door proves that small cars can offer the luxury, refinement, safety and comfort of a larger model without the size and cost. It is a car of contradictions – strong performance with low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions; stylish, high-quality, safe and luxurious without a premium price tag; and roomy while taking up the minimum of road space. 

Its expressive front end blends into strongly sculpted and dynamic sides which emphasise the car’s strength and maturity and give it a premium presence. Attention to detail is everywhere, and has resulted in a drag co-efficient of Cd 0.31 – far better than the majority of A-segment cars and a useful contributor to the car’s high fuel economy and low emissions. The 1 and 1 Air models have a black grille with a silver surround, the SR7 – which replaces the former VR7 but adds significantly more equipment, as well as grades 2, 3 and 4 has a chrome surround. 

There is a revised front bumper with new, vertical foglamp housings and projection lamps, and a restyled rear bumper. New, eight-spoke, petal-shaped 14-inch alloy wheels are exclusive to the 2 grade, which also benefits from the option of striking Atlantic Blue metallic paint, also offered on grade 3. The SR7 is exclusively offered with Honey Yellow metallic paint. Depending on model, the other paint options are Clear White, Bright Silver, Galaxy Black, Blaze Red and Fuchsia Blush.  

The Picanto occupies slightly less than 3.6 metres of road, but a long wheelbase allied to clever packaging has resulted in exceptional cabin space and a luggage capacity of 200 litres.   

Picanto three-door

The three-door Picanto is offered in two trim guises, both powered by the 1.0-litre engine. The entry-level Picanto 1 grade is joined by the SR7 version, which provides a high level of equipment at an exceptional-value price. 

If the five-door Picanto is the small car grown up, then the three-door is the same but with a twinkle in its eye. The three-door Picanto has a unique, sporty character while managing to deliver similar practicality and safety to the five-door model, and has undergone the same styling upgrades. Globally, the market for Picanto-sized cars in 2015 will grow to around 3.3 million units. Around a million of these will be three-door cars, which is why Kia offers both body styles. In the UK, the importance of the three-door car is particularly pronounced: the sales split is only 55:45 in favour of five-door models, in the A-segment market. 

The dimensions of the three- and five-door Picanto are identical to ensure they enjoy the same levels of interior space and crash safety. However, that statement does not do justice to the wealth of detailed work undertaken by President of Design Peter Schreyer and his creative teams to ensure the three-door car has its own, unique character. 

In profile, the doors, rear panels and glass aft of the A-pillar give the three-door Picanto a dynamic appearance, accentuated by the rising belt line that slices through the door handle on each side, and the aerodynamically shaped side sills 

A new Honey Yellow metallic paint finish is offered on the SR7 model in addition to the previous colours of Clear White, Galaxy Black and Blaze Red or Bright Silver (grade 1). 

The three-door Picanto is a practical small car with five seats and a big boot within an overall length of less than 3.6 metres, just like the five-door. And while its primary role might not be as a family runabout, Kia has done everything to make access to the back easy for those occasions when owners want to give a lift to friends or relatives. Sliding and tilting front seats provide a wide ‘walk-in’ to the split rear bench. 

Interior upgrades

The Picanto’s new-found maturity is reflected in the interior design and the choice of sophisticated trim materials, which set a benchmark in the A-sector for quality. The major controls are arranged in a way which is attractive while ensuring they are easy to use. The layout emphasises the width and space of the cabin.

The Picanto now features chrome embellishments around the cylinder cluster and on the air vent knobs, and a high-gloss black cover on the gear selector – detailed additions which enhance the quality and workmanship evident throughout the cabin. There is also an upgraded audio system with fewer buttons and faster responses.   

With both body styles the upholstery of grade 1 models is black cloth (also with the five-door 1 Air). Premium black cloth is fitted to all other versions. There is leather trim on the steering wheel and gearshifter from grades SR7 upwards. Silver paint adorns the centre fascia, steering wheel bezel and gearshifter top on grades 1 and 1 Air, with metallic paint on the same elements in all other versions. From SR7 upwards there is a silver finish on the interior door handles and handbrake button. 

Plush or plusher – the model range  

The Picanto 1 – and the five-door Picanto 1 Air, which adds air conditioning to the standard specification – is the entry-level model in the range, but there has been no skimping on equipment. Factory-fitted features include a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt-adjustable steering column and Motor-Driven Power Steering. In-car entertainment is provided by a standard RDS radio and CD player with MP3 compatibility and four speakers. 

Grades 1 and 1 Air also have body-coloured exterior door handles and mirrors, front electric windows, remote central locking with a fold-away key, all-round height-adjustable head restraints, tinted glass, headlight levelling and 60:40 split folding rear seats, and there is a comprehensive safety specification which offers buyers of every version the same protection. 

The SR7 versions offer an exceptional level of equipment with the frugality of the 1.0-litre engine. The comprehensive list of standard equipment adds, over and above 1 and 1 Air, 14-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior door handles, locking wheel nuts and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. There is also privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, ‘welcome’ and ‘follow-me-home’ lights and automatic headlight control. 

Inside, the SR7 features air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, electric front windows with an automatic up/down function on the driver’s side, and two front seat-back pockets, Bluetooth with music streaming, USB and Aux ports, reversing sensors and speed-sensing automatic door locking.        

Picanto 2 contains a host of additional equipment typically seen on cars from the B-segment and above – unique 14-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning (manual models only), front foglights (manual models only), Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition and full iPod control with USB & AUX ports, all-round electric windows and heated electrically operated folding door mirrors with integrated LED side repeaters. 

Key additions to Picanto 3 are 15-inch alloy wheels, projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps, a premium supervision cluster, heated front seats, a driver’s-side vanity mirror with Hollywood-style LED illumination, a six-speaker audio system and remote audio controls on the steering wheel. 

The luxurious Picanto 4 tops this with an electric tilting and sliding sunroof, a smart key with engine start/stop button, a heated steering wheel, UV solar windscreen glass, cruise control with a speed limiter and a reversing camera system (integrated into Sat Nav Screen).. 

Two ultra-efficient powertrains

The Picanto is available with two ultra-efficient engines which perfectly suit the trend for smaller-capacity power units with outstanding performance. Both conform to EU6 emissions regulations as of autumn 2015.

The two engines are from the Kappa family, and were new at the time of the Picanto’s launch. The three-cylinder 1.0-litre unit delivers 65bhp and 95Nm of torque through a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.25-litre four-cylinder version develops 84bhp and 121Nm of torque, and is available with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, depending on model. In both cases low-end torque has been improved, to the benefit of performance in city driving.

The 1.0-litre engine has combined fuel economy of 62.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 105g/km in standard form. In both cases it gives the Picanto lively performance, particularly at the urban speeds for which it is ideally suited. The 0-60mph acceleration time is 14.1 seconds, while the top speed is 98mph. 

The 1.25-litre four-cylinder version with the five-speed manual gearbox and standard ISG has fuel economy and emissions of 60.1mpg (2 grade) or 61.4mpg (grades 3 and 4) with respective CO2 emissions of 109 and 106g/km, while with the four-speed automatic gearbox the figures are 50.4mpg and 130g/km. The 0-60mph times are 11.5 seconds for manual versions and 13.2 seconds for automatics, while the respective top speeds are 108 and 101mph.   

The suspension features MacPherson struts at the front and a coupled torsion beam axle at the rear, a layout which gives the best combination of ride and handling while minimising intrusions into passenger and luggage space. No changes were necessary as it already endowed the Picanto with excellent straight-line stability and a supple ride over typical British bumps. A stiff rear axle aids agility while also contributing to the car’s impressive stability and comfort. 

The steering system is Kia’s acclaimed Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS). This delivers the twin benefits of reduced fuel consumption, by drawing on engine power only when needed, while reducing the driver effort needed for parking and manoeuvring. 

Safety across the board

Kia’s democratic approach to occupant safety – the belief that all customers deserve equal protection – includes a full range of standard features that make many potential accidents preventable. A stiff body structure­ – with optimum crumple zones to absorb crash impacts while preventing intrusion into the passenger cell – is the first line of defence and there is a complete set of passive safety equipment. Pedestrians are not forgotten, either, with measures to help protect them in an accident. 

Kia’s approach is that the most survivable accident is the one that never happens, so the Picanto’s electronic safety equipment includes the potentially life-saving features of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to keep the car on course in slippery conditions or when cornering in an over-exuberant manner. All versions have anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to apportion stopping effort to the wheels with most traction, and Emergency Brake Assist (BAS), ensuring maximum stopping power in an emergency, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver. 

Should the worst happen, every Picanto has front, side and curtain airbags to cushion heads and torsos against impacts from any angle. Front seat-belt pre-tensioners and load limiters brace occupants against a crash impact while reducing the risk of chest injury.

The best warranty in the business

In line with every Kia, the Picanto comes with the best warranty in the business – seven years or 100,000 miles, including labour, subject to terms and conditions. The warranty is fully transferable to the next owner if the car is sold before the time or mileage limit expires. The Picanto requires servicing every 10,000 miles or 12 months, and retail customers are able to benefit from low-cost Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages. These are also transferable.  

The Picanto three-door range:

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

Picanto 1 1.0-litre

65

95

14.1

98

62.8

105

Picanto SR7 1.0-litre

65

95

14.1

98

62.8

105

 

The Picanto five-door range:

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

Picanto 1 1.0-litre

65

95

14.1

98

62.8

105

Picanto 1 Air 1.0-litre

65

95

14.1

98

62.8

105

Picanto SR7 1.0-litre

65

95

14.1

98

62.8

105

Picanto 2 1.0-litre ISG

65

95

14.1

98

61.4

106

Picanto 2 1.25-litre ISG

84

121

11.5

108

60.1

109

Picanto 2 1.25-litre auto

84

121

13.2

101

50.4

130

Picanto 3 1.25-litre ISG

84

121

11.5

108

61.4

106

Picanto 3 1.25-litre auto

84

121

13.2

101

50.4

130

Picanto 4 1.25-litre ISG

84

121

11.5

108

61.4

106

 

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  1. WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THE NEW 2015 KIA PICANTO

All the changes at a glance 

Exterior

  • New radiator grille
  • New front bumper with projection foglamps
  • New rear bumper
  • New 14-inch alloy wheels (five-door grade 2)
  • New Honey Yellow metallic body colour (SR7 models)
  • New Atlantic Blue metallic body colour (five-door grades 2 and 3) 

Interior

  • Chrome rings around instrument cluster cylinder and on air vent knobs
  • New high-gloss black cover on gearshifter

Powertrains

  • EU6-compliant 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre Kappa engines
  • Improved torque at low rpm for both engines
  • ISG standard with 1.25 engine and available with 1.0-litre (Grade 2)

Features

  • Audio system upgraded
  • VR7 becomes SR7 and gains added equipment
  • Privacy glass and automatic lights now standard on SR7
  • Automatic air conditioning and front foglights added to manual 2 grade
  • Cruise control and speed limiter added to 4 grade
  • Reversing Camera System (integrated into Sat Nav Screen) added to 4 grade

 

 

  1. DESIGN AND PACKAGING

Small is beautiful – and spacious 

Kias are now desirable for their style and quality as well as their excellent value for money.

That continues with the Picanto, which advances Kia’s reputation as a manufacturer of trend-setting cars with global appeal. It has mature and handsome lines designed to turn heads in any high street. With its muscular wheel arches, low and wide rocker panels and wide-set alloy wheels on the majority of trim grades, it exudes stability and strength. 

There are distinctive designs for the three- and five-door models, both variants have 5 seats unlike some other competitor models. The expressive front end of the five-door blends into strongly sculpted and dynamic sides which give the car a premium presence. A strong feature line brings dynamic tension to the car’s profile and neatly integrates the exterior door handles. Attention to detail is everywhere and has resulted in a drag co-efficient of Cd 0.31 – far better than the majority of A-segment cars and a useful contributor to the Picanto’s high fuel economy and low emissions. The 1 and 1 Air models have a black grille with a silver surround, the SR7 and grades 2, 3 and 4 have a chrome surround.   

The face of the Picanto, featuring Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille, expresses vigour and refinement. Daytime running lamps (LED on Picanto 3 and 4 versions) emphasise the car’s high levels of design and technical sophistication. For 2015 there is a revised front bumper with new, vertical foglamp housings and projection lamps, and a restyled rear bumper. New, eight-spoke, petal-shaped 14-inch alloy wheels are exclusive to the 2 grade, which also benefits from the option of striking Atlantic Blue metallic paint, also offered on grade 3. The SR7 is exclusively offered with the new Honey Bee Yellow metallic paint finish. Depending on model, the other paint options are Clear White, Bright Silver, Galaxy Black, Blaze Red and Fuchsia Blush.   

The three-door Picanto has the same styling upgrades as the five-door, but differs completely from it aft of the A-pillars. The doors, rear panels and windows are unique to the three-door, giving the car an even more dynamic appearance. 

There are chrome-finished exterior door handles on the upper trim levels of three- and five-door models, along with electrically folding heated door mirrors with LED indicator lights.

The big little car

The dimensions of the two models are identical to ensure they deliver the same levels of interior space and crash safety. Both versions exhibit a maturity that is reflected in their interior design and choice of trim materials, which set new benchmarks in class for quality. 

In its latest guise the Picanto features chrome embellishments around the three-cylinder instrument cluster and on the air vent knobs, and a high-gloss black cover on the gear selector – detailed additions which enhance the quality and workmanship evident throughout the cabin. There is also, depending on model, an upgraded audio system with fewer buttons and faster responses; the “My Music” function allows music to be stored in the unit’s device from external sources.  

With both body styles the upholstery of grade 1 models is black cloth (also with the five-door 1 Air). Premium black cloth is fitted to all other versions. There is leather trim on the steering wheel and gearshifter from grades SR7 upwards. Silver paint adorns the centre fascia, steering wheel bezel and gearshifter top on grades 1 and 1 Air, with metallic paint on the same elements in all other versions. From SR7 upwards there is a silver finish on the interior door handles and handbrake button. Grades 3 and 4 also have ambient front centre console illumination.

The interior architecture shows the same chic functionality as the exterior. The major controls are arranged in a way that is attractive while ensuring they are easy to use. The layout emphasises the width and space of the cabin. A thick-rimmed two-spoke steering wheel and Kia’s familiar three-cylinder instrument cluster with clear and precise graphics reflect the consistency applied to all the company’s models.

The Picanto occupies slightly less than 3.6 metres of road space, but a long wheelbase allied to clever packaging has resulted in exceptional cabin space with a luggage capacity of 200 litres, which expands to 870 litres with the rear seats folded. 

While the primary role of the three-door model might not be as a family runabout, Kia has done everything to make access to the back easy for when owners want to give a lift to friends or relatives. Sliding and tilting front seats provide a wide ‘walk-in’ to the split rear bench.

 

 

  1. SPECIFICATION

Good things come in small packages 

The Picanto 1 – and the five-door Picanto 1 Air, which adds air conditioning to the standard specification – is the entry-level model in the range, but there has been no skimping on equipment. Factory-fitted features include a height-adjustable seat, a tilt-adjustable steering column and Motor-Driven Power Steering. In-car entertainment is provided by a standard RDS radio and CD player with MP3 compatibility and four speakers. 

Grades 1 and 1 Air also have body-coloured exterior door handles and mirrors, front electric windows, remote central locking with a fold-away key, all-round height-adjustable head restraints, tinted glass, headlight levelling and 60:40 split folding rear seats. 

The comprehensive safety specification – which offers buyers of every version the same protection – includes ABS brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and six airbags. 

The SR7 versions offer an exceptional level of equipment with the frugality of the 1.0-litre engine. The comprehensive list of standard equipment adds, over and above 1 and 1 Air, 14-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior door handles, locking wheel nuts and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. There is also privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, ‘welcome’ and ‘follow-me-home’ lights and automatic headlight control. 

Inside, there is air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, electric front windows with an automatic up/down function on the driver’s side, and two front seat-back pockets, Bluetooth with music streaming, USB and iPod ports, reversing sensors and speed-sensing automatic door locking.        

Picanto 2 contains a host of additional equipment typically seen on cars from the B-segment and above – unique 14-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, front foglights, Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition and full iPod control with USB & AUX ports, all-round electric windows and heated electrically operated folding door mirrors with integrated LED side repeaters. 

Key additions to Picanto 3 are 15-inch alloy wheels, projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps, a premium supervision cluster, heated front seats, a driver’s-side vanity mirror with Hollywood-style LED illumination, a six-speaker audio system and audio remote controls on the steering wheel. 

The luxurious Picanto 4 tops this with an electric tilting and sliding sunroof, a smart key with engine start/stop button, a heated steering wheel, UV solar windscreen glass, cruise control with a speed limiter and a reversing camera system (integrated into Sat Nav Screen). 

Specification – Picanto 3dr  

EXTERIOR DESIGN & LIGHTING

1

SR7

14" Steel Wheels (165 / 60 R14)

P

-

14" Alloy Wheels (165 / 60 R14)

-

P

Full Wheel Covers

P

-

Body Coloured Bumpers

P

P

Body Coloured Mirrors and Exterior Handles

P

-

Body Coloured Mirrors and Chrome Exterior Handles

-

P

Black Radiator Grille with Silver Surround

P

-

Black Radiator Grille with Chrome Surround

-

P

Tinted Glass

P

P

Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

-

P

Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

-

P

Headlight Levelling Device

P

P

Automatic Headlight Control

-

P

Rear Fog Light

P

P

Daytime Running Lights

P

P

Rear Combination Lights

P

P

High-mounted Brake Light

P

P

Speed Variable Front Wipers

P

P

Rear Wiper/Washer

P

P

Heated Rear Window

P

P

Manually Adjustable Door Mirrors

P

-

Electrically Adjustable and Heated Door Mirrors

-

P

Metallic Paint 

OPT

OPT

INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

 

Black Cloth Upholstery

P

-

Premium Black Cloth Upholstery

-

P

Sliding & Reclining Front Seats

P

P

Driver's Seat Height Adjuster

P

P

Tilt Steering Wheel Adjustment

P

P

Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel and Gearshifter

-

P

Silver Paint Centre Fascia, Steering Wheel Bezel & Gearshift Top Trim

P

-

Metallic Paint Centre Fascia, Steering Wheel Bezel  & Gearshift Top Trim

-

P

Silver Finished Interior Door Handles & Handbrake Button

-

P

4-speed Ventilation Fan with Heater Unit

P

-

Air Conditioning

-

P

Day & Night Rear-view Mirror

P

P

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

--

P

Front Electric Windows

P

-

Front Electric Windows with Driver's Auto Up/Down Function

-

P

Remote Central Door Locking & Fold-away Key

P

P

STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

 

60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats

P

P

3 x Passenger Assist Grips

P

P

2 x Coat Hooks (Rear)

P

P

Front 12V Power Socket

P

P

Glovebox

P

P

Front Seatback Pocket (Passenger and Driver's Side)

-

P

Front Door Map Pockets

P

P

Front Passenger Seat Undertray

-

P

Centre Console Cupholders

P

P

Front Cabin Light

P

P

Sunvisors with Vanity Mirrors & Ticket Holder on Driver's side

P

P

Tyre Repair Kit

P

P

Luggage Area Light

P

P

Luggage Area Parcel Shelf

P

P

AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

 

 

2-speaker System

P

P

4-speaker System

P

P

RDS Radio/CD Audio with MP3 Disc Compatibility

P

P

Bluetooth  with Voice Recognition & Music Streaming

-

P

USB & AUX Ports

-

P

My Music Function with storage & playback capacity

P

P

Reversing Sensors

-

P

Tachometer

P

P

Trip Computer (Distance to Empty, Ave. Fuel Consumption, Instant Fuel Consumption, Average Speed, Trip Mileage & Journey Time Elapsed)

P

P

Digital Clock

P

P

ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

 

ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake-Assist System (BAS)

P

P

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

P

P

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

P

P

Emergency Stop Signalling

P

P

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

P

P

Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

P

P

Low Rolling Resistance Tyres

P

P

PASSIVE SAFETY

 

 

Twin Front Airbags

P

P

Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

P

P

Side & Curtain Airbags

P

P

Side Impact Protection System

P

P

All-round Height Adjustable Headrests

P

P

All-round 3-Point Seatbelts

P

P

Front Seatbelt Height Adjustable Anchors

-

P

Front Seatbelt Pre-tensioners & Load-limiters

P

P

Seatbelt Reminder Warning

P

P

ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings

P

P

Inside Handle Over Ride (Driver & Passenger) - 2 Motion

P

P

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

P

P

Grab-type Exterior Door Handles

P

P

SECURITY

 

 

Anti-Theft Alarm System

P

P

Engine Immobiliser

P

P

Locking Wheel Nuts

-

P

Visible Vehicle Identification No. (VIN)

P

P

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking (Dealer-activated Feature)

-

P

 

Specification – Picanto 5dr

EXTERIOR DESIGN & LIGHTING

1

1 Air

SR7

2

3

4

14" Steel Wheels (165 / 60 R14)

P

P

-

-

-

-

14" Alloy Wheels (165/ 60 R14)

-

-

P

P

-

-

15" Alloy Wheels (175/ 50 R15)

-

-

-

-

P

P

Full Wheel Covers

P

P

-

-

-

-

Body Coloured Bumpers

P

P

P

P

P

P

Body Coloured Mirrors and Exterior Handles

P

P

-

-

-

-

Body Coloured Mirrors and Chrome Exterior Handles

-

-

P

P

P

P

Black Radiator Grille with Silver Surround

P

P

-

-

-

-

Black Radiator Grille with Chrome Surround

-

-

P

P

P

P

Body Coloured Side Sill Mouldings

-

-

P

-

P

P

Tinted Glass

P

P

P

P

P

P

UV Solar windscreen Glass

-

-

-

-

-

P

Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

-

-

P

P

P

P

EcoDynamics Badge

-

-

-

(Manual ISG only)

-

P

Projection Headlights

-

-

-

-

P

P

Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

-

-

P

-

P

P

Headlight Levelling Device

P

P

P

P

P

P

Automatic Headlight Control

-

-

P

P

P

P

Front Fog Lights

-

-

-

-

P

P

Rear Fog Light

P

P

P

P

P

P

Daytime Running Lights

P

P

P

P

-

-

LED Daytime Running Lights

-

-

-

-

P

P

Rear Combination Lights

P

P

P

P

-

-

LED Rear Combination Lights

-

-

-

-

P

P

High-mounted Brake Light

P

P

P

P

-

-

LED High-mounted Brake Light

-

-

-

-

P

P

Speed Variable Front Wipers

P

P

P

P

P

P

Rear Wiper/Washer

P

P

P

P

P

P

Heated Rear Window

P

P

P

P

P

P

Manually Adjustable Door Mirrors

P

P

-

-

-

-

Electrically Adjustable Heated Door Mirrors

-

-

P

-

-

-

Electrically Folding, Adjustable & Heated Door Mirrors with LED Indicator Lights

-

-

-

P

P

P

Metallic Paint  

OPT

OPT

OPT

OPT

OPT

OPT

INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Cloth Upholstery

P

P

-

-

-

-

Premium Black Cloth Upholstery

-

-

P

P

P

P

Sliding & Reclining Front Seats

P

P

P

P

P

P

Driver's Seat Height Adjuster

P

P

P

P

P

P

Heated Front Seats

-

-

-

-

P

P

Heated Steering Wheel

-

-

-

-

P

P

Tilt Steering Wheel Adjustment

P

P

P

P

P

P

Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel and Gearshift

-

-

P

P

P

P

Silver Paint Centre Fascia, Steering Wheel Bezel & Gearshift Top Trim

P

P

-

-

-

-

Metallic Paint Centre Fascia, Steering Wheel Bezel & Gearshift Top Trim

-

-

P

P

P

P

Silver Finished Interior Door Handles & Handbrake Button

-

-

P

P

P

P

4-speed Ventilation Fan with Heater Unit

P

-

-

-

-

-

Air Conditioning

-

P

P

P

-

-

Automatic Air Conditioning

-

-

-

P

P

P

Day & Night Rear-view Mirror

P

P

P

P

P

P

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

-

-

P

P

P

P

Front Electric Windows

P

P

-

-

-

-

Front & Rear Electric Windows with Driver’s Auto Up/Down Function

-

-

P

P

P

P

Remote Central Door Locking & Fold-away Key

P

P

P

P

P

-

Smart Key with Engine Start Button

-

-

-

-

-

P

Electric Tilting & Sliding Sunroof

-

-

-

-

-

P

Cruise Control and Speed Limiter

-

-

-

-

-

P

STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats

P

P

P

P

P

P

3 x Passenger Assist Grips

P

P

P

P

P

P

2 x Coat Hooks (Rear)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Front 12V Power Socket

P

P

P

P

P

P

Glovebox

P

P

P

P

P

P

Front Seatback Pocket (Passenger and Driver's Side)

-

-

P

P

P

P

Front Door Map Pockets

P

P

P

P

P

P

Centre Console Cupholders

P

P

P

P

P

P

Ambient Lighting - Front Centre Console Illumination

-

-

-

-

P

P

Front Cabin Light

P

P

P

P

P

P

Sunvisors with Vanity Mirrors & Ticket Holder on Driver's side

P

P

P

P

P

P

Driver's Side Vanity Mirror with 'Hollywood Style' LED Illumination

-

-

-

-

P

P

Tyre Repair Kit

P

P

P

P

P

P

Luggage Area Light

P

P

P

P

P

P

Luggage Area Parcel Shelf

P

P

P

P

P

P

AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-speaker System

P

P

-

-

-

-

4-speaker System

-

-

P

P

-

-

6-speaker System

-

-

-

-

P

P

RDS Radio/CD Audio with MP3 Disc Compatibility

P

P

P

P

-

-

RDS Radio Audio with MP3 Compatibility

-

-

-

-

P

P

Bluetooth with Voice Recognition & Music Streaming

-

-

P

P

-

-

Bluetooth® with Music Streaming

-

-

-

-

P

P

USB & AUX Ports for Connection of an Audio Media Device (iPod / Memory Stick)

-

-

P

P

P

P

My Music Function with storage & playback capacity

P

P

P

P

-

-

7" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping

-

-

-

-

P

P

Reversing Sensors

-

-

P

-

P

P

Reversing Camera System (integrated into Sat Nav Screen)

-

-

-

-

P

P

Tachometer

P

P

P

P

P

P

Trip Computer (Distance to Empty, Ave. Fuel Consumption, Instant Fuel Consumption, Average Speed, Trip Mileage & Journey Time Elapsed)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Premium Supervision Cluster

-

-

-

-

P

P

External Temperature Display

-

-

-

-

P

P

Digital Clock

P

P

P

P

P

P

ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake-Assist System (BAS)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Emergency Stop Signalling

P

P

P

P

P

P

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG)

-

-

-

P
(Manual only)

-

P

Low Rolling Resistance Tyres

P

P

P

P

P

P

PASSIVE SAFETY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twin Front Airbags

P

P

P

P

P

P

Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

P

P

P

P

P

P

Side & Curtain Airbags

P

P

P

P

P

P

Side Impact Protection System

P

P

P

P

P

P

All-round Height Adjustable Headrests

P

P

P

P

P

P

All-round 3-Point Seatbelts

P

P

P

P

P

P

Front Seatbelt Height Adjustable Anchors

-

-

P

P

P

P

Front Seatbelt Pre-tensioners & Load-limiters

P

P

P

P

P

P

Seatbelt Reminder Warning

P

P

P

P

P

P

ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings

P

P

P

P

P

P

Inside Handle Over Ride (Driver & Passenger) - 2 Motion

P

P

P

P

P

P

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

P

P

P

P

P

P

Grab-type Exterior Door Handles

P

P

P

P

P

P

SECURITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Theft Alarm System

P

P

P

P

P

P

Engine Immobiliser

P

P

P

P

P

P

Locking Wheel Nuts

-

-

P

P

P

P

Visible Vehicle Identification No. (VIN)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Child Safety Rear Door Locks

P

P

P

P

P

P

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking (Dealer-activated Feature)

-

-

P

P

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. ALL THINGS MECHANICAL

            Highly efficient Kappa engines for low consumption and emissions

The second-generation Picanto was launched with a new platform, two new engines with Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving technology and revised transmissions and suspension to ensure that it more than lives up to the claim that it is ‘the small car grown up’. 

The new 1.0- and 1.25-litre Kappa petrol engines now meet EU6 emissions regulations and are paragons of small-car performance, refinement and efficiency, delivering more than 60mpg average fuel economy with manual transmission, while CO2 emissions are as low as 105g/km. The larger of the two engines is available with automatic transmission and even this comfortably exceeds 50mpg on the official combined cycle. 

The Kappa engines

The Kappa engines are a three-cylinder 998cc unit and a four-cylinder with a displacement of 1248cc. Both have the same 71mm cylinder bore, but the four-cylinder version has a shorter piston stroke – 78.8mm against 84mm. 

They have a common 10.5:1 compression ratio, a cast aluminium block, continuously variable valve timing with low-friction beehive valve springs, an offset crankshaft and a maintenance-free long-life timing chain. 

The 1.0-litre unit is offered with a five-speed manual gearbox. It develops 65bhp at 5,500rpm and 95Nm of torque at 3,500rpm, giving the car a 98mph top speed and 0-60mph acceleration in 14.1 seconds. But of greater interest for budget-conscious buyers is its excellent combined economy of 62.8mpg, while the environmentally conscious buyer or company car user will be attracted by its CO2 emissions of only 105g/km in standard form and 106g/km with ISG. That means it attracts the lowest rate of benefit-in-kind taxation (apart from the Kia Soul EV). The 1.0-litre Picanto is also exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty. 

The 1.25-litre four-cylinder Kappa engine develops 84bhp at 6,000rpm and 121Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It is allied to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. In manual form it is fitted as standard with ISG. The manual has a top speed of 108mph and 0-60mph acceleration in 11.5 seconds. Combined fuel economy is 60.1mpg in the Picanto 2 on 14-inch wheels and 61.4mpg in the Picanto 3 and 4 on 15-inch wheels, while the respective CO2 emissions figures are 106 and 109g/km. 

With automatic transmission the Picanto 2 averages an impressive 50.1mpg in the official combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 130g/km, while the respective figures for the Picanto 3 are 50.4mpg and 130g/km. The top speed of both is 101mph, while 0-60mph comes up in 13.2 seconds. 

EcoDynamics

EcoDynamics is the name Kia gives to the green umbrella which covers a range of current and future fuel-saving, CO2-cutting technologies. It already includes alternative-fuel vehicles as well as the improvements Kia is constantly making to internal combustion engines alongside other measures to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and running costs. 

These include the adoption of the Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine cut-out system with the five-speed manual gearbox. ISG automatically stops the engine when the car is stationary in traffic and the driver puts the gearlever into neutral and releases the clutch pedal, and restarts it as soon as the clutch is partially pressed again. 

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit (ECU). This operates the starter and intelligent alternator. The air conditioning and bonnet switch also feed into the ECU. There is also a brake booster switch to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low.

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crank angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors battery condition, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when the driver wishes to continue driving and ensure the engine is started.   

A heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery when coasting and braking. 

Suspension, steering and brakes

The Picanto features MacPherson struts at the front and a coupled torsion beam axle at the rear, a layout which gives the best combination of ride and handling while minimising intrusions into passenger and luggage space. 

The front suspension struts have a 4.1-degree castor angle for optimum straightline stability. Long wheel travel with short bump stops and relatively soft springs ensure a supple ride. 

The torsion beam rear axle is extremely stiff to reduce understeer and improve agility. Stability and ride comfort benefit from large trailing arm bushes, softened springs and short bump stops. 

The rack and pinion steering system features Kia’s acclaimed Motor-Driven Power Assist (MDPS). This delivers the twin benefits of reduced fuel consumption by drawing on engine power only when needed compared with conventional belt-driven power steering, while reducing the driver effort needed for parking and manoeuvring. The Picanto can turn in just 9.8 metres and requires 3.4 turns between the extremes of lock. 

Anti-lock (ABS) is standard, as is Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to apportion stopping effort to the wheels with most traction. Emergency Brake Assist (BAS) is also standard, ensuring maximum stopping power when necessary, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver. 

Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)

The Picanto’s stiff body structure has been designed to offer maximum safety while also minimising noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), which are class-leading for an A-segment car. Other NVH counter-measures include large hydraulic mountings for the engine and transmission, a triple-layer sound-deadening panel on the front bulkhead and dual door-sealing strips. There are also sound blockers within the door mirror mounts, while the decision to move the radio aerial to the rear of the roof also has a positive effect on noise.   

 

  1. SAFETY

            A comprehensive safety package across the board 

Kia takes a democratic approach to occupant safety, believing that all its customers deserve equal crash protection, regardless of the size or price of the car they have bought.  It is a comprehensive approach which encompasses a full range of standard features to make many accidents preventable, a stiff body structure with optimum crumple zones to absorb crash impacts while barring intrusion into the passenger cell, and a complete set of passive safety equipment to cushion occupants against the forces generated by a collision. Pedestrians are not forgotten, either, with measures to minimise the effect should the car come into contact with the most vulnerable of all road users. 

The Picanto’s defences begin with an incredibly stiff body structure featuring a high percentage of high-strength steel with ring-shaped reinforcement hoops within the B- and C-pillars and additional bracing at the front between the cowl and suspension towers. 

To aid side-impact protection, the B-pillars and side sills are reinforced with high-tensile steel plates, while the anti-intrusion door beams are extended to overlap the B-pillars. Polyurethane pads are fitted within the front door trims. 

Pedestrian safety is enhanced by a new crossmember beneath the front bumper, plus a deformable cowling ahead of the windscreen and a bonnet striker plate which is offset by 50mm from the centre-line of the car. 

The new Picanto has a full range of electronic safety measures fitted as standard. This includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which detects when slippery road conditions or excessive driving might cause the car to go out of control and reduces engine torque, brakes one or more wheels – or a combination of both – to stabilise the car and bring it back on course. There is also Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which detects when the wheels on one side of the car are on a more slippery surface than those on the other side and automatically keeps the car on a straight path. 

All versions have anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to apportion stopping effort to the wheels with most traction, and Emergency Brake Assist (BAS), ensuring maximum stopping power when necessary, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver. Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS) causes the adaptive brake light to flash rapidly in an emergency stop, warning following drivers of the risk of a nose-to-tail shunt. 

Should the worst happen, every Picanto has front, side and curtain airbags to cushion heads and torsos against impacts from any angle. The front passenger airbag has a cut-off switch so that a rear-facing child safety seat can be carried there, and there are also ISOFIX child-seat mounting top tethers and anchor fixings in the rear. 

Front seat-belt pre-tensioners and load limiters brace occupants against a crash impact while reducing the risk of chest injury, and all the front belts are height-adjustable so that they sit in the correct position on the user’s body.

 

 

  1. RUNNING COSTS

Benefits to fleet and retail owners 

With its Kappa petrol engines delivering high fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, the Picanto pares running costs to the bone for all owners. Private users benefit through less frequent visits to the fuel station and zero annual road tax in some cases, while business drivers enjoy low rates of company car taxation. 

Insurance, servicing and maintenance costs were factored in from the start of the design process so that the cost of these essentials is as low as possible. 

One thing which has not changed is the level of after-care. In line with every other Kia, the Picanto comes with the best warranty in the business – seven years or 100,000 miles on all non-wear and tear parts, including labour, subject to terms and conditions. The warranty is transferable if the car is sold before the time or mileage limit expires. 

Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and taxation 2015-16

Engine

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

BIK band

Road fund licence year 1/year 2

  1.0

62.8

105

16%

£0 / £0

  1.25 ISG

61.4

106

16%

£0 / £20

  1.25 auto

50.4

130

21%

£0 / £110

 

All-inclusive servicing  

Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes sooner, and retail customers are able to take advantage of the Care-3 and Care-3 Plus packages, which cover the first three or five services for a low fixed price. All labour and routine replacement parts and fluids are included. Work is carried out by trained product technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. Like the seven-year warranty, the servicing packages stay with the car, so are fully transferable to another customer. 

Insurance groups:

3-door

Group (1-50)

1

2

SR7

2

5-door

Group (1-50)

1

2

1 Air

2

SR7

2

2 1.0

2

2 1.25 ISG

5

2 auto

5

3

6

3 auto

6

4

6

 

 

  1. MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT

            Built in Seosan in a joint venture factory 

The Picanto is built under a joint-venture arrangement with Donghee Auto Company at a highly modern factory in Seosan, a few kilometres from Kia’s Hwasung plant.

Donghee produces 230,000 vehicles a year, of which 90,000 are exported. Originally, DAC was a parts supplier providing suspension, sunroofs and fuel tanks to Kia. DAC decided to diversify into contract manufacturing in 2001, and in 2004, when Kia needed more production capacity in Korea, it took on building the previous Picanto. 

Constant efforts are being made to minimise the plant's effect on the environment. There have been major initiatives to increase recycling, reduce the amount of pollutants and waste in the production process, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cut air pollution through more eco-friendly production systems. Energy-saving measures have also been introduced and Seosan has a target of zero landfill scrap disposal. 

Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in all its production facilities around the globe. The last few years have seen significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes. Across all Kia facilities, new technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement.

  1. To locate a local dealer or for more information please visit www.kia.co.uk

    Stephen Kitson
    Director of Corporate Communications

    E: skitson@kia.co.uk   
    T: 01932 832075 M: 07795 011 936
    Daniel Sayles
    Press Relations Manager

    E: dsayles@kia.co.uk  
    T: 01932 832073 M: 07747 149 149
    Sara Robinson     
    Senior Press Officer

    E: srobinson@kia.co.uk
    T: 01932 832072 M: 07919 482 332
    Carly Escritt       
    Senior Press Officer

    E: cescritt@kia.co.uk  
    T: 01932 832071 M: 07557 268 252
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    Press Officer (press fleet)

    E: mfujamade@kia.co.uk  
    T: 01932 832069 M: 07471 216 343
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    Press Office Assistant
    E: ejacklin@kia.co.uk  
    T: 01932 832079 M: 07795 011 475

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Picanto

UK TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Facts and figures           

1.0-litre petrol:

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3 / 12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp (Kw)

 65 (48) @ 5,500 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 95 (70) @ 3,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa three-cylinder in-line, 12-valve DOHC with dual CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.909

 2.056

 1.269

 0.906

 0.774

 3.636

 4.056

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent CBTA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Front discs 241 x 18mm, solid rear discs 234 x 10mm with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 MDPS electric power-assisted, rack and pinion, 3.4 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Steel – 4.0J x 14-inch / Alloy – 5.0J x 14-inch

 Tyres

 165 / 60 R14

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,385

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 3,595 / 1,595 (1,875 w/mirrors) / 1,480

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 920 / 1,020

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 700 / 400

 Boot capacity (VDA)  min./max.

 litres

 200 /870

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 60

 Turning circle

 m

 9.8

 Tank capacity

 litres

 35

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.31

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 14.1

 Maximum speed

 mph

 98

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 48.7 / 74.3 / 62.8

 CO2

 g/km

 105

 

1.25-litre petrol:

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1248

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 78.8

 Power output

 bhp (Kw)

 84 (62) @ 6000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 120 (89) @ 4000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa four cylinder in-line, 16-valve, DOHC with dual CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Four-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.545

 1.895

 1.192

 0.853

 0.719

 3.636

 4.056

 2.919

 1.551

 1.000

 0.713

  –

 2.480

 4.336

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi independent CBTA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Front discs 241 x 18mm, solid rear discs 234 x 10mm with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 MDPS electric power-assisted, rack and pinion, 3.4 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloys -  5.0J x 14-inch / 5.5J x 15 inch

 Tyres

 165/60 R 14 / 175/50 R15

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,385

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 3,595 / 1,595 (1,875 w/mirrors) / 1,480

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 930 / 1,030

 950 / 1035

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 700 / 400

 400 / 0

 Boot capacity (VDA)  min./max.

 litres

 200 / 870

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 60

 Turning circle

 m

 9.8

 Tank capacity

 litres

 35

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.31

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

Five-speed m/t ISG

Four-speed a/t

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

11.5

13.2

 Maximum speed

 mph

108

101

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

44.8 / 74.3 / 60.1 (grade 2)

47.9 / 74.3 / 61.4 (grade 3 and 4)

38.7 / 61.4 / 50.4

 CO2

 g/km

109  (grade 2) 106 (grade 3)

130

 

Ends

For further information on Kia please visit www.kiapressoffice.com or contact:

Stephen Kitson                  Director of Corporate Communications
skitson@kia.co.uk – 01932 832075 – 07795 011936

Daniel Sayles                     Press Relations Manager
dsayles@kia.co.uk – 01932 832073 – 07747 149149

Sara Robinson                             Senior Press Officer
srobinson@kia.co.uk – 01932 832072 – 07919 482332

Carly Escritt                       Senior Press Officer
cescritt@kia.co.uk – 01932 832071 – 07557 262252

Moyo Fujamade                 Press Officer
mfujamade@kia.co.uk – 01932 832069 – 07471 216343

Hannah Cowton                 Press Office Assistant
hcowton@kia.co.uk – 01932 832079 – 07795 011475

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GENERAL

Picanto

The new Kia Picanto

  1. SHORT STORY

Kia’s smallest car – restyled, re-engineered and better equipped 

  • Two EU6-compliant powertrains
  • Styling and quality enhancements to front, rear and interior
  • Standard equipment levels raised
  • Choice of three- and five-door models all with five seats
  • Stylish, spacious, versatile and fun to drive
  • All covered by Kia’s unique seven-year warranty 

The Picanto, Kia’s smallest car in the UK, has undergone a comprehensive package of styling, re-engineering and specification upgrades which were revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Unlike many cars in its category, it offers buyers the choice of two body styles – three-door and five-door – each with its own distinctive character but united in delivering space, versatility and a high level of quality and specification in a compact, city-friendly package. Depending on model, it is available with a choice of two petrol engines which are ideally suited to the age of downsizing, fuel-saving and emissions-cutting. The larger of the two is available with the convenience of automatic transmission, reducing the stresses of city driving. 

The recently refreshed range is distinguished by subtle styling upgrades which further enhance the pert, fun-to-drive character of the Picanto. The interior trim features detailed enhancements which emphasise that the Picanto is a car of substance, despite its low price. Equipment levels have also been raised in many cases. More than ever, the Picanto feels like a big car in all but the amount of road space it occupies. 

The two engines available are both members of the Kappa family. There is a characterful three-cylinder 1.0-litre unit which is ideal for the city driving for which the Picanto was primarily designed, but is also far from its depth when longer journeys are necessary, and a 1.25-litre four-cylinder version which is available with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Both engines can be combined with Kia’s Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) stop/start system, which means that no fuel is used and no emissions are created when the Picanto is stationary in traffic. It is standard on 1.25-litre manual models.         

Picanto five-door

The five-door Picanto offers buyers a choice of six trim grades – badged 1, 1 Air, SR7, 2, 3 and 4 – and the option of either engine. Grades 1, 1 Air and SR7 are available with the 1.0-litre engine; grade 2 offers both engines with ISG; grades 2 and 3 are 1.25-litre models and give buyers the choice of manual or automatic transmission; while grade 4 is sold solely as a 1.25-litre manual. 

The Picanto five-door proves that small cars can offer the luxury, refinement, safety and comfort of a larger model without the size and cost. It is a car of contradictions – strong performance with low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions; stylish, high-quality, safe and luxurious without a premium price tag; and roomy while taking up the minimum of road space. 

Its expressive front end blends into strongly sculpted and dynamic sides which emphasise the car’s strength and maturity and give it a premium presence. Attention to detail is everywhere, and has resulted in a drag co-efficient of Cd 0.31 – far better than the majority of A-segment cars and a useful contributor to the car’s high fuel economy and low emissions. The 1 and 1 Air models have a black grille with a silver surround, the SR7 – which replaces the former VR7 but adds significantly more equipment, as well as grades 2, 3 and 4 has a chrome surround. 

There is a revised front bumper with new, vertical foglamp housings and projection lamps, and a restyled rear bumper. New, eight-spoke, petal-shaped 14-inch alloy wheels are exclusive to the 2 grade, which also benefits from the option of striking Atlantic Blue metallic paint, also offered on grade 3. The SR7 is exclusively offered with Honey Yellow metallic paint. Depending on model, the other paint options are Clear White, Bright Silver, Galaxy Black, Blaze Red and Fuchsia Blush.  

The Picanto occupies slightly less than 3.6 metres of road, but a long wheelbase allied to clever packaging has resulted in exceptional cabin space and a luggage capacity of 200 litres.   

Picanto three-door

The three-door Picanto is offered in two trim guises, both powered by the 1.0-litre engine. The entry-level Picanto 1 grade is joined by the SR7 version, which provides a high level of equipment at an exceptional-value price. 

If the five-door Picanto is the small car grown up, then the three-door is the same but with a twinkle in its eye. The three-door Picanto has a unique, sporty character while managing to deliver similar practicality and safety to the five-door model, and has undergone the same styling upgrades. Globally, the market for Picanto-sized cars in 2015 will grow to around 3.3 million units. Around a million of these will be three-door cars, which is why Kia offers both body styles. In the UK, the importance of the three-door car is particularly pronounced: the sales split is only 55:45 in favour of five-door models, in the A-segment market. 

The dimensions of the three- and five-door Picanto are identical to ensure they enjoy the same levels of interior space and crash safety. However, that statement does not do justice to the wealth of detailed work undertaken by President of Design Peter Schreyer and his creative teams to ensure the three-door car has its own, unique character. 

In profile, the doors, rear panels and glass aft of the A-pillar give the three-door Picanto a dynamic appearance, accentuated by the rising belt line that slices through the door handle on each side, and the aerodynamically shaped side sills 

A new Honey Yellow metallic paint finish is offered on the SR7 model in addition to the previous colours of Clear White, Galaxy Black and Blaze Red or Bright Silver (grade 1). 

The three-door Picanto is a practical small car with five seats and a big boot within an overall length of less than 3.6 metres, just like the five-door. And while its primary role might not be as a family runabout, Kia has done everything to make access to the back easy for those occasions when owners want to give a lift to friends or relatives. Sliding and tilting front seats provide a wide ‘walk-in’ to the split rear bench. 

Interior upgrades

The Picanto’s new-found maturity is reflected in the interior design and the choice of sophisticated trim materials, which set a benchmark in the A-sector for quality. The major controls are arranged in a way which is attractive while ensuring they are easy to use. The layout emphasises the width and space of the cabin.

The Picanto now features chrome embellishments around the cylinder cluster and on the air vent knobs, and a high-gloss black cover on the gear selector – detailed additions which enhance the quality and workmanship evident throughout the cabin. There is also an upgraded audio system with fewer buttons and faster responses.   

With both body styles the upholstery of grade 1 models is black cloth (also with the five-door 1 Air). Premium black cloth is fitted to all other versions. There is leather trim on the steering wheel and gearshifter from grades SR7 upwards. Silver paint adorns the centre fascia, steering wheel bezel and gearshifter top on grades 1 and 1 Air, with metallic paint on the same elements in all other versions. From SR7 upwards there is a silver finish on the interior door handles and handbrake button. 

Plush or plusher – the model range  

The Picanto 1 – and the five-door Picanto 1 Air, which adds air conditioning to the standard specification – is the entry-level model in the range, but there has been no skimping on equipment. Factory-fitted features include a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt-adjustable steering column and Motor-Driven Power Steering. In-car entertainment is provided by a standard RDS radio and CD player with MP3 compatibility and four speakers. 

Grades 1 and 1 Air also have body-coloured exterior door handles and mirrors, front electric windows, remote central locking with a fold-away key, all-round height-adjustable head restraints, tinted glass, headlight levelling and 60:40 split folding rear seats, and there is a comprehensive safety specification which offers buyers of every version the same protection. 

The SR7 versions offer an exceptional level of equipment with the frugality of the 1.0-litre engine. The comprehensive list of standard equipment adds, over and above 1 and 1 Air, 14-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior door handles, locking wheel nuts and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. There is also privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, ‘welcome’ and ‘follow-me-home’ lights and automatic headlight control. 

Inside, the SR7 features air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, electric front windows with an automatic up/down function on the driver’s side, and two front seat-back pockets, Bluetooth with music streaming, USB and Aux ports, reversing sensors and speed-sensing automatic door locking.        

Picanto 2 contains a host of additional equipment typically seen on cars from the B-segment and above – unique 14-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning (manual models only), front foglights (manual models only), Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition and full iPod control with USB & AUX ports, all-round electric windows and heated electrically operated folding door mirrors with integrated LED side repeaters. 

Key additions to Picanto 3 are 15-inch alloy wheels, projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps, a premium supervision cluster, heated front seats, a driver’s-side vanity mirror with Hollywood-style LED illumination, a six-speaker audio system and remote audio controls on the steering wheel. 

The luxurious Picanto 4 tops this with an electric tilting and sliding sunroof, a smart key with engine start/stop button, a heated steering wheel, UV solar windscreen glass, cruise control with a speed limiter and a reversing camera system (integrated into Sat Nav Screen).. 

Two ultra-efficient powertrains

The Picanto is available with two ultra-efficient engines which perfectly suit the trend for smaller-capacity power units with outstanding performance. Both conform to EU6 emissions regulations as of autumn 2015.

The two engines are from the Kappa family, and were new at the time of the Picanto’s launch. The three-cylinder 1.0-litre unit delivers 65bhp and 95Nm of torque through a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.25-litre four-cylinder version develops 84bhp and 121Nm of torque, and is available with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, depending on model. In both cases low-end torque has been improved, to the benefit of performance in city driving.

The 1.0-litre engine has combined fuel economy of 62.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 105g/km in standard form. In both cases it gives the Picanto lively performance, particularly at the urban speeds for which it is ideally suited. The 0-60mph acceleration time is 14.1 seconds, while the top speed is 98mph. 

The 1.25-litre four-cylinder version with the five-speed manual gearbox and standard ISG has fuel economy and emissions of 60.1mpg (2 grade) or 61.4mpg (grades 3 and 4) with respective CO2 emissions of 109 and 106g/km, while with the four-speed automatic gearbox the figures are 50.4mpg and 130g/km. The 0-60mph times are 11.5 seconds for manual versions and 13.2 seconds for automatics, while the respective top speeds are 108 and 101mph.   

The suspension features MacPherson struts at the front and a coupled torsion beam axle at the rear, a layout which gives the best combination of ride and handling while minimising intrusions into passenger and luggage space. No changes were necessary as it already endowed the Picanto with excellent straight-line stability and a supple ride over typical British bumps. A stiff rear axle aids agility while also contributing to the car’s impressive stability and comfort. 

The steering system is Kia’s acclaimed Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS). This delivers the twin benefits of reduced fuel consumption, by drawing on engine power only when needed, while reducing the driver effort needed for parking and manoeuvring. 

Safety across the board

Kia’s democratic approach to occupant safety – the belief that all customers deserve equal protection – includes a full range of standard features that make many potential accidents preventable. A stiff body structure­ – with optimum crumple zones to absorb crash impacts while preventing intrusion into the passenger cell – is the first line of defence and there is a complete set of passive safety equipment. Pedestrians are not forgotten, either, with measures to help protect them in an accident. 

Kia’s approach is that the most survivable accident is the one that never happens, so the Picanto’s electronic safety equipment includes the potentially life-saving features of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to keep the car on course in slippery conditions or when cornering in an over-exuberant manner. All versions have anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to apportion stopping effort to the wheels with most traction, and Emergency Brake Assist (BAS), ensuring maximum stopping power in an emergency, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver. 

Should the worst happen, every Picanto has front, side and curtain airbags to cushion heads and torsos against impacts from any angle. Front seat-belt pre-tensioners and load limiters brace occupants against a crash impact while reducing the risk of chest injury.

The best warranty in the business

In line with every Kia, the Picanto comes with the best warranty in the business – seven years or 100,000 miles, including labour, subject to terms and conditions. The warranty is fully transferable to the next owner if the car is sold before the time or mileage limit expires. The Picanto requires servicing every 10,000 miles or 12 months, and retail customers are able to benefit from low-cost Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages. These are also transferable.  

The Picanto three-door range:

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

Picanto 1 1.0-litre

65

95

14.1

98

62.8

105

Picanto SR7 1.0-litre

65

95

14.1

98

62.8

105

 

The Picanto five-door range:

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

Picanto 1 1.0-litre

65

95

14.1

98

62.8

105

Picanto 1 Air 1.0-litre

65

95

14.1

98

62.8

105

Picanto SR7 1.0-litre

65

95

14.1

98

62.8

105

Picanto 2 1.0-litre ISG

65

95

14.1

98

61.4

106

Picanto 2 1.25-litre ISG

84

121

11.5

108

60.1

109

Picanto 2 1.25-litre auto

84

121

13.2

101

50.4

130

Picanto 3 1.25-litre ISG

84

121

11.5

108

61.4

106

Picanto 3 1.25-litre auto

84

121

13.2

101

50.4

130

Picanto 4 1.25-litre ISG

84

121

11.5

108

61.4

106

 

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  1. WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THE NEW 2015 KIA PICANTO

All the changes at a glance 

Exterior

  • New radiator grille
  • New front bumper with projection foglamps
  • New rear bumper
  • New 14-inch alloy wheels (five-door grade 2)
  • New Honey Yellow metallic body colour (SR7 models)
  • New Atlantic Blue metallic body colour (five-door grades 2 and 3) 

Interior

  • Chrome rings around instrument cluster cylinder and on air vent knobs
  • New high-gloss black cover on gearshifter

Powertrains

  • EU6-compliant 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre Kappa engines
  • Improved torque at low rpm for both engines
  • ISG standard with 1.25 engine and available with 1.0-litre (Grade 2)

Features

  • Audio system upgraded
  • VR7 becomes SR7 and gains added equipment
  • Privacy glass and automatic lights now standard on SR7
  • Automatic air conditioning and front foglights added to manual 2 grade
  • Cruise control and speed limiter added to 4 grade
  • Reversing Camera System (integrated into Sat Nav Screen) added to 4 grade

 

 

  1. DESIGN AND PACKAGING

Small is beautiful – and spacious 

Kias are now desirable for their style and quality as well as their excellent value for money.

That continues with the Picanto, which advances Kia’s reputation as a manufacturer of trend-setting cars with global appeal. It has mature and handsome lines designed to turn heads in any high street. With its muscular wheel arches, low and wide rocker panels and wide-set alloy wheels on the majority of trim grades, it exudes stability and strength. 

There are distinctive designs for the three- and five-door models, both variants have 5 seats unlike some other competitor models. The expressive front end of the five-door blends into strongly sculpted and dynamic sides which give the car a premium presence. A strong feature line brings dynamic tension to the car’s profile and neatly integrates the exterior door handles. Attention to detail is everywhere and has resulted in a drag co-efficient of Cd 0.31 – far better than the majority of A-segment cars and a useful contributor to the Picanto’s high fuel economy and low emissions. The 1 and 1 Air models have a black grille with a silver surround, the SR7 and grades 2, 3 and 4 have a chrome surround.   

The face of the Picanto, featuring Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille, expresses vigour and refinement. Daytime running lamps (LED on Picanto 3 and 4 versions) emphasise the car’s high levels of design and technical sophistication. For 2015 there is a revised front bumper with new, vertical foglamp housings and projection lamps, and a restyled rear bumper. New, eight-spoke, petal-shaped 14-inch alloy wheels are exclusive to the 2 grade, which also benefits from the option of striking Atlantic Blue metallic paint, also offered on grade 3. The SR7 is exclusively offered with the new Honey Bee Yellow metallic paint finish. Depending on model, the other paint options are Clear White, Bright Silver, Galaxy Black, Blaze Red and Fuchsia Blush.   

The three-door Picanto has the same styling upgrades as the five-door, but differs completely from it aft of the A-pillars. The doors, rear panels and windows are unique to the three-door, giving the car an even more dynamic appearance. 

There are chrome-finished exterior door handles on the upper trim levels of three- and five-door models, along with electrically folding heated door mirrors with LED indicator lights.

The big little car

The dimensions of the two models are identical to ensure they deliver the same levels of interior space and crash safety. Both versions exhibit a maturity that is reflected in their interior design and choice of trim materials, which set new benchmarks in class for quality. 

In its latest guise the Picanto features chrome embellishments around the three-cylinder instrument cluster and on the air vent knobs, and a high-gloss black cover on the gear selector – detailed additions which enhance the quality and workmanship evident throughout the cabin. There is also, depending on model, an upgraded audio system with fewer buttons and faster responses; the “My Music” function allows music to be stored in the unit’s device from external sources.  

With both body styles the upholstery of grade 1 models is black cloth (also with the five-door 1 Air). Premium black cloth is fitted to all other versions. There is leather trim on the steering wheel and gearshifter from grades SR7 upwards. Silver paint adorns the centre fascia, steering wheel bezel and gearshifter top on grades 1 and 1 Air, with metallic paint on the same elements in all other versions. From SR7 upwards there is a silver finish on the interior door handles and handbrake button. Grades 3 and 4 also have ambient front centre console illumination.

The interior architecture shows the same chic functionality as the exterior. The major controls are arranged in a way that is attractive while ensuring they are easy to use. The layout emphasises the width and space of the cabin. A thick-rimmed two-spoke steering wheel and Kia’s familiar three-cylinder instrument cluster with clear and precise graphics reflect the consistency applied to all the company’s models.

The Picanto occupies slightly less than 3.6 metres of road space, but a long wheelbase allied to clever packaging has resulted in exceptional cabin space with a luggage capacity of 200 litres, which expands to 870 litres with the rear seats folded. 

While the primary role of the three-door model might not be as a family runabout, Kia has done everything to make access to the back easy for when owners want to give a lift to friends or relatives. Sliding and tilting front seats provide a wide ‘walk-in’ to the split rear bench.

 

 

  1. SPECIFICATION

Good things come in small packages 

The Picanto 1 – and the five-door Picanto 1 Air, which adds air conditioning to the standard specification – is the entry-level model in the range, but there has been no skimping on equipment. Factory-fitted features include a height-adjustable seat, a tilt-adjustable steering column and Motor-Driven Power Steering. In-car entertainment is provided by a standard RDS radio and CD player with MP3 compatibility and four speakers. 

Grades 1 and 1 Air also have body-coloured exterior door handles and mirrors, front electric windows, remote central locking with a fold-away key, all-round height-adjustable head restraints, tinted glass, headlight levelling and 60:40 split folding rear seats. 

The comprehensive safety specification – which offers buyers of every version the same protection – includes ABS brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and six airbags. 

The SR7 versions offer an exceptional level of equipment with the frugality of the 1.0-litre engine. The comprehensive list of standard equipment adds, over and above 1 and 1 Air, 14-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior door handles, locking wheel nuts and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. There is also privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, ‘welcome’ and ‘follow-me-home’ lights and automatic headlight control. 

Inside, there is air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, electric front windows with an automatic up/down function on the driver’s side, and two front seat-back pockets, Bluetooth with music streaming, USB and iPod ports, reversing sensors and speed-sensing automatic door locking.        

Picanto 2 contains a host of additional equipment typically seen on cars from the B-segment and above – unique 14-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, front foglights, Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition and full iPod control with USB & AUX ports, all-round electric windows and heated electrically operated folding door mirrors with integrated LED side repeaters. 

Key additions to Picanto 3 are 15-inch alloy wheels, projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps, a premium supervision cluster, heated front seats, a driver’s-side vanity mirror with Hollywood-style LED illumination, a six-speaker audio system and audio remote controls on the steering wheel. 

The luxurious Picanto 4 tops this with an electric tilting and sliding sunroof, a smart key with engine start/stop button, a heated steering wheel, UV solar windscreen glass, cruise control with a speed limiter and a reversing camera system (integrated into Sat Nav Screen). 

Specification – Picanto 3dr  

EXTERIOR DESIGN & LIGHTING

1

SR7

14" Steel Wheels (165 / 60 R14)

P

-

14" Alloy Wheels (165 / 60 R14)

-

P

Full Wheel Covers

P

-

Body Coloured Bumpers

P

P

Body Coloured Mirrors and Exterior Handles

P

-

Body Coloured Mirrors and Chrome Exterior Handles

-

P

Black Radiator Grille with Silver Surround

P

-

Black Radiator Grille with Chrome Surround

-

P

Tinted Glass

P

P

Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

-

P

Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

-

P

Headlight Levelling Device

P

P

Automatic Headlight Control

-

P

Rear Fog Light

P

P

Daytime Running Lights

P

P

Rear Combination Lights

P

P

High-mounted Brake Light

P

P

Speed Variable Front Wipers

P

P

Rear Wiper/Washer

P

P

Heated Rear Window

P

P

Manually Adjustable Door Mirrors

P

-

Electrically Adjustable and Heated Door Mirrors

-

P

Metallic Paint 

OPT

OPT

INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

 

Black Cloth Upholstery

P

-

Premium Black Cloth Upholstery

-

P

Sliding & Reclining Front Seats

P

P

Driver's Seat Height Adjuster

P

P

Tilt Steering Wheel Adjustment

P

P

Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel and Gearshifter

-

P

Silver Paint Centre Fascia, Steering Wheel Bezel & Gearshift Top Trim

P

-

Metallic Paint Centre Fascia, Steering Wheel Bezel  & Gearshift Top Trim

-

P

Silver Finished Interior Door Handles & Handbrake Button

-

P

4-speed Ventilation Fan with Heater Unit

P

-

Air Conditioning

-

P

Day & Night Rear-view Mirror

P

P

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

--

P

Front Electric Windows

P

-

Front Electric Windows with Driver's Auto Up/Down Function

-

P

Remote Central Door Locking & Fold-away Key

P

P

STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

 

60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats

P

P

3 x Passenger Assist Grips

P

P

2 x Coat Hooks (Rear)

P

P

Front 12V Power Socket

P

P

Glovebox

P

P

Front Seatback Pocket (Passenger and Driver's Side)

-

P

Front Door Map Pockets

P

P

Front Passenger Seat Undertray

-

P

Centre Console Cupholders

P

P

Front Cabin Light

P

P

Sunvisors with Vanity Mirrors & Ticket Holder on Driver's side

P

P

Tyre Repair Kit

P

P

Luggage Area Light

P

P

Luggage Area Parcel Shelf

P

P

AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

 

 

2-speaker System

P

P

4-speaker System

P

P

RDS Radio/CD Audio with MP3 Disc Compatibility

P

P

Bluetooth  with Voice Recognition & Music Streaming

-

P

USB & AUX Ports

-

P

My Music Function with storage & playback capacity

P

P

Reversing Sensors

-

P

Tachometer

P

P

Trip Computer (Distance to Empty, Ave. Fuel Consumption, Instant Fuel Consumption, Average Speed, Trip Mileage & Journey Time Elapsed)

P

P

Digital Clock

P

P

ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

 

ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake-Assist System (BAS)

P

P

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

P

P

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

P

P

Emergency Stop Signalling

P

P

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

P

P

Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

P

P

Low Rolling Resistance Tyres

P

P

PASSIVE SAFETY

 

 

Twin Front Airbags

P

P

Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

P

P

Side & Curtain Airbags

P

P

Side Impact Protection System

P

P

All-round Height Adjustable Headrests

P

P

All-round 3-Point Seatbelts

P

P

Front Seatbelt Height Adjustable Anchors

-

P

Front Seatbelt Pre-tensioners & Load-limiters

P

P

Seatbelt Reminder Warning

P

P

ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings

P

P

Inside Handle Over Ride (Driver & Passenger) - 2 Motion

P

P

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

P

P

Grab-type Exterior Door Handles

P

P

SECURITY

 

 

Anti-Theft Alarm System

P

P

Engine Immobiliser

P

P

Locking Wheel Nuts

-

P

Visible Vehicle Identification No. (VIN)

P

P

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking (Dealer-activated Feature)

-

P

 

Specification – Picanto 5dr

EXTERIOR DESIGN & LIGHTING

1

1 Air

SR7

2

3

4

14" Steel Wheels (165 / 60 R14)

P

P

-

-

-

-

14" Alloy Wheels (165/ 60 R14)

-

-

P

P

-

-

15" Alloy Wheels (175/ 50 R15)

-

-

-

-

P

P

Full Wheel Covers

P

P

-

-

-

-

Body Coloured Bumpers

P

P

P

P

P

P

Body Coloured Mirrors and Exterior Handles

P

P

-

-

-

-

Body Coloured Mirrors and Chrome Exterior Handles

-

-

P

P

P

P

Black Radiator Grille with Silver Surround

P

P

-

-

-

-

Black Radiator Grille with Chrome Surround

-

-

P

P

P

P

Body Coloured Side Sill Mouldings

-

-

P

-

P

P

Tinted Glass

P

P

P

P

P

P

UV Solar windscreen Glass

-

-

-

-

-

P

Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

-

-

P

P

P

P

EcoDynamics Badge

-

-

-

(Manual ISG only)

-

P

Projection Headlights

-

-

-

-

P

P

Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

-

-

P

-

P

P

Headlight Levelling Device

P

P

P

P

P

P

Automatic Headlight Control

-

-

P

P

P

P

Front Fog Lights

-

-

-

-

P

P

Rear Fog Light

P

P

P

P

P

P

Daytime Running Lights

P

P

P

P

-

-

LED Daytime Running Lights

-

-

-

-

P

P

Rear Combination Lights

P

P

P

P

-

-

LED Rear Combination Lights

-

-

-

-

P

P

High-mounted Brake Light

P

P

P

P

-

-

LED High-mounted Brake Light

-

-

-

-

P

P

Speed Variable Front Wipers

P

P

P

P

P

P

Rear Wiper/Washer

P

P

P

P

P

P

Heated Rear Window

P

P

P

P

P

P

Manually Adjustable Door Mirrors

P

P

-

-

-

-

Electrically Adjustable Heated Door Mirrors

-

-

P

-

-

-

Electrically Folding, Adjustable & Heated Door Mirrors with LED Indicator Lights

-

-

-

P

P

P

Metallic Paint  

OPT

OPT

OPT

OPT

OPT

OPT

INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Cloth Upholstery

P

P

-

-

-

-

Premium Black Cloth Upholstery

-

-

P

P

P

P

Sliding & Reclining Front Seats

P

P

P

P

P

P

Driver's Seat Height Adjuster

P

P

P

P

P

P

Heated Front Seats

-

-

-

-

P

P

Heated Steering Wheel

-

-

-

-

P

P

Tilt Steering Wheel Adjustment

P

P

P

P

P

P

Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel and Gearshift

-

-

P

P

P

P

Silver Paint Centre Fascia, Steering Wheel Bezel & Gearshift Top Trim

P

P

-

-

-

-

Metallic Paint Centre Fascia, Steering Wheel Bezel & Gearshift Top Trim

-

-

P

P

P

P

Silver Finished Interior Door Handles & Handbrake Button

-

-

P

P

P

P

4-speed Ventilation Fan with Heater Unit

P

-

-

-

-

-

Air Conditioning

-

P

P

P

-

-

Automatic Air Conditioning

-

-

-

P

P

P

Day & Night Rear-view Mirror

P

P

P

P

P

P

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

-

-

P

P

P

P

Front Electric Windows

P

P

-

-

-

-

Front & Rear Electric Windows with Driver’s Auto Up/Down Function

-

-

P

P

P

P

Remote Central Door Locking & Fold-away Key

P

P

P

P

P

-

Smart Key with Engine Start Button

-

-

-

-

-

P

Electric Tilting & Sliding Sunroof

-

-

-

-

-

P

Cruise Control and Speed Limiter

-

-

-

-

-

P

STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats

P

P

P

P

P

P

3 x Passenger Assist Grips

P

P

P

P

P

P

2 x Coat Hooks (Rear)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Front 12V Power Socket

P

P

P

P

P

P

Glovebox

P

P

P

P

P

P

Front Seatback Pocket (Passenger and Driver's Side)

-

-

P

P

P

P

Front Door Map Pockets

P

P

P

P

P

P

Centre Console Cupholders

P

P

P

P

P

P

Ambient Lighting - Front Centre Console Illumination

-

-

-

-

P

P

Front Cabin Light

P

P

P

P

P

P

Sunvisors with Vanity Mirrors & Ticket Holder on Driver's side

P

P

P

P

P

P

Driver's Side Vanity Mirror with 'Hollywood Style' LED Illumination

-

-

-

-

P

P

Tyre Repair Kit

P

P

P

P

P

P

Luggage Area Light

P

P

P

P

P

P

Luggage Area Parcel Shelf

P

P

P

P

P

P

AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-speaker System

P

P

-

-

-

-

4-speaker System

-

-

P

P

-

-

6-speaker System

-

-

-

-

P

P

RDS Radio/CD Audio with MP3 Disc Compatibility

P

P

P

P

-

-

RDS Radio Audio with MP3 Compatibility

-

-

-

-

P

P

Bluetooth with Voice Recognition & Music Streaming

-

-

P

P

-

-

Bluetooth® with Music Streaming

-

-

-

-

P

P

USB & AUX Ports for Connection of an Audio Media Device (iPod / Memory Stick)

-

-

P

P

P

P

My Music Function with storage & playback capacity

P

P

P

P

-

-

7" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping

-

-

-

-

P

P

Reversing Sensors

-

-

P

-

P

P

Reversing Camera System (integrated into Sat Nav Screen)

-

-

-

-

P

P

Tachometer

P

P

P

P

P

P

Trip Computer (Distance to Empty, Ave. Fuel Consumption, Instant Fuel Consumption, Average Speed, Trip Mileage & Journey Time Elapsed)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Premium Supervision Cluster

-

-

-

-

P

P

External Temperature Display

-

-

-

-

P

P

Digital Clock

P

P

P

P

P

P

ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake-Assist System (BAS)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Emergency Stop Signalling

P

P

P

P

P

P

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG)

-

-

-

P
(Manual only)

-

P

Low Rolling Resistance Tyres

P

P

P

P

P

P

PASSIVE SAFETY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twin Front Airbags

P

P

P

P

P

P

Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

P

P

P

P

P

P

Side & Curtain Airbags

P

P

P

P

P

P

Side Impact Protection System

P

P

P

P

P

P

All-round Height Adjustable Headrests

P

P

P

P

P

P

All-round 3-Point Seatbelts

P

P

P

P

P

P

Front Seatbelt Height Adjustable Anchors

-

-

P

P

P

P

Front Seatbelt Pre-tensioners & Load-limiters

P

P

P

P

P

P

Seatbelt Reminder Warning

P

P

P

P

P

P

ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings

P

P

P

P

P

P

Inside Handle Over Ride (Driver & Passenger) - 2 Motion

P

P

P

P

P

P

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

P

P

P

P

P

P

Grab-type Exterior Door Handles

P

P

P

P

P

P

SECURITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Theft Alarm System

P

P

P

P

P

P

Engine Immobiliser

P

P

P

P

P

P

Locking Wheel Nuts

-

-

P

P

P

P

Visible Vehicle Identification No. (VIN)

P

P

P

P

P

P

Child Safety Rear Door Locks

P

P

P

P

P

P

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking (Dealer-activated Feature)

-

-

P

P

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. ALL THINGS MECHANICAL

            Highly efficient Kappa engines for low consumption and emissions

The second-generation Picanto was launched with a new platform, two new engines with Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving technology and revised transmissions and suspension to ensure that it more than lives up to the claim that it is ‘the small car grown up’. 

The new 1.0- and 1.25-litre Kappa petrol engines now meet EU6 emissions regulations and are paragons of small-car performance, refinement and efficiency, delivering more than 60mpg average fuel economy with manual transmission, while CO2 emissions are as low as 105g/km. The larger of the two engines is available with automatic transmission and even this comfortably exceeds 50mpg on the official combined cycle. 

The Kappa engines

The Kappa engines are a three-cylinder 998cc unit and a four-cylinder with a displacement of 1248cc. Both have the same 71mm cylinder bore, but the four-cylinder version has a shorter piston stroke – 78.8mm against 84mm. 

They have a common 10.5:1 compression ratio, a cast aluminium block, continuously variable valve timing with low-friction beehive valve springs, an offset crankshaft and a maintenance-free long-life timing chain. 

The 1.0-litre unit is offered with a five-speed manual gearbox. It develops 65bhp at 5,500rpm and 95Nm of torque at 3,500rpm, giving the car a 98mph top speed and 0-60mph acceleration in 14.1 seconds. But of greater interest for budget-conscious buyers is its excellent combined economy of 62.8mpg, while the environmentally conscious buyer or company car user will be attracted by its CO2 emissions of only 105g/km in standard form and 106g/km with ISG. That means it attracts the lowest rate of benefit-in-kind taxation (apart from the Kia Soul EV). The 1.0-litre Picanto is also exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty. 

The 1.25-litre four-cylinder Kappa engine develops 84bhp at 6,000rpm and 121Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It is allied to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. In manual form it is fitted as standard with ISG. The manual has a top speed of 108mph and 0-60mph acceleration in 11.5 seconds. Combined fuel economy is 60.1mpg in the Picanto 2 on 14-inch wheels and 61.4mpg in the Picanto 3 and 4 on 15-inch wheels, while the respective CO2 emissions figures are 106 and 109g/km. 

With automatic transmission the Picanto 2 averages an impressive 50.1mpg in the official combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 130g/km, while the respective figures for the Picanto 3 are 50.4mpg and 130g/km. The top speed of both is 101mph, while 0-60mph comes up in 13.2 seconds. 

EcoDynamics

EcoDynamics is the name Kia gives to the green umbrella which covers a range of current and future fuel-saving, CO2-cutting technologies. It already includes alternative-fuel vehicles as well as the improvements Kia is constantly making to internal combustion engines alongside other measures to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and running costs. 

These include the adoption of the Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine cut-out system with the five-speed manual gearbox. ISG automatically stops the engine when the car is stationary in traffic and the driver puts the gearlever into neutral and releases the clutch pedal, and restarts it as soon as the clutch is partially pressed again. 

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit (ECU). This operates the starter and intelligent alternator. The air conditioning and bonnet switch also feed into the ECU. There is also a brake booster switch to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low.

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crank angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors battery condition, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when the driver wishes to continue driving and ensure the engine is started.   

A heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery when coasting and braking. 

Suspension, steering and brakes

The Picanto features MacPherson struts at the front and a coupled torsion beam axle at the rear, a layout which gives the best combination of ride and handling while minimising intrusions into passenger and luggage space. 

The front suspension struts have a 4.1-degree castor angle for optimum straightline stability. Long wheel travel with short bump stops and relatively soft springs ensure a supple ride. 

The torsion beam rear axle is extremely stiff to reduce understeer and improve agility. Stability and ride comfort benefit from large trailing arm bushes, softened springs and short bump stops. 

The rack and pinion steering system features Kia’s acclaimed Motor-Driven Power Assist (MDPS). This delivers the twin benefits of reduced fuel consumption by drawing on engine power only when needed compared with conventional belt-driven power steering, while reducing the driver effort needed for parking and manoeuvring. The Picanto can turn in just 9.8 metres and requires 3.4 turns between the extremes of lock. 

Anti-lock (ABS) is standard, as is Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to apportion stopping effort to the wheels with most traction. Emergency Brake Assist (BAS) is also standard, ensuring maximum stopping power when necessary, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver. 

Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)

The Picanto’s stiff body structure has been designed to offer maximum safety while also minimising noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), which are class-leading for an A-segment car. Other NVH counter-measures include large hydraulic mountings for the engine and transmission, a triple-layer sound-deadening panel on the front bulkhead and dual door-sealing strips. There are also sound blockers within the door mirror mounts, while the decision to move the radio aerial to the rear of the roof also has a positive effect on noise.   

 

  1. SAFETY

            A comprehensive safety package across the board 

Kia takes a democratic approach to occupant safety, believing that all its customers deserve equal crash protection, regardless of the size or price of the car they have bought.  It is a comprehensive approach which encompasses a full range of standard features to make many accidents preventable, a stiff body structure with optimum crumple zones to absorb crash impacts while barring intrusion into the passenger cell, and a complete set of passive safety equipment to cushion occupants against the forces generated by a collision. Pedestrians are not forgotten, either, with measures to minimise the effect should the car come into contact with the most vulnerable of all road users. 

The Picanto’s defences begin with an incredibly stiff body structure featuring a high percentage of high-strength steel with ring-shaped reinforcement hoops within the B- and C-pillars and additional bracing at the front between the cowl and suspension towers. 

To aid side-impact protection, the B-pillars and side sills are reinforced with high-tensile steel plates, while the anti-intrusion door beams are extended to overlap the B-pillars. Polyurethane pads are fitted within the front door trims. 

Pedestrian safety is enhanced by a new crossmember beneath the front bumper, plus a deformable cowling ahead of the windscreen and a bonnet striker plate which is offset by 50mm from the centre-line of the car. 

The new Picanto has a full range of electronic safety measures fitted as standard. This includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which detects when slippery road conditions or excessive driving might cause the car to go out of control and reduces engine torque, brakes one or more wheels – or a combination of both – to stabilise the car and bring it back on course. There is also Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which detects when the wheels on one side of the car are on a more slippery surface than those on the other side and automatically keeps the car on a straight path. 

All versions have anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to apportion stopping effort to the wheels with most traction, and Emergency Brake Assist (BAS), ensuring maximum stopping power when necessary, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver. Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS) causes the adaptive brake light to flash rapidly in an emergency stop, warning following drivers of the risk of a nose-to-tail shunt. 

Should the worst happen, every Picanto has front, side and curtain airbags to cushion heads and torsos against impacts from any angle. The front passenger airbag has a cut-off switch so that a rear-facing child safety seat can be carried there, and there are also ISOFIX child-seat mounting top tethers and anchor fixings in the rear. 

Front seat-belt pre-tensioners and load limiters brace occupants against a crash impact while reducing the risk of chest injury, and all the front belts are height-adjustable so that they sit in the correct position on the user’s body.

 

 

  1. RUNNING COSTS

Benefits to fleet and retail owners 

With its Kappa petrol engines delivering high fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, the Picanto pares running costs to the bone for all owners. Private users benefit through less frequent visits to the fuel station and zero annual road tax in some cases, while business drivers enjoy low rates of company car taxation. 

Insurance, servicing and maintenance costs were factored in from the start of the design process so that the cost of these essentials is as low as possible. 

One thing which has not changed is the level of after-care. In line with every other Kia, the Picanto comes with the best warranty in the business – seven years or 100,000 miles on all non-wear and tear parts, including labour, subject to terms and conditions. The warranty is transferable if the car is sold before the time or mileage limit expires. 

Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and taxation 2015-16

Engine

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

BIK band

Road fund licence year 1/year 2

  1.0

62.8

105

16%

£0 / £0

  1.25 ISG

61.4

106

16%

£0 / £20

  1.25 auto

50.4

130

21%

£0 / £110

 

All-inclusive servicing  

Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes sooner, and retail customers are able to take advantage of the Care-3 and Care-3 Plus packages, which cover the first three or five services for a low fixed price. All labour and routine replacement parts and fluids are included. Work is carried out by trained product technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. Like the seven-year warranty, the servicing packages stay with the car, so are fully transferable to another customer. 

Insurance groups:

3-door

Group (1-50)

1

2

SR7

2

5-door

Group (1-50)

1

2

1 Air

2

SR7

2

2 1.0

2

2 1.25 ISG

5

2 auto

5

3

6

3 auto

6

4

6

 

 

  1. MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT

            Built in Seosan in a joint venture factory 

The Picanto is built under a joint-venture arrangement with Donghee Auto Company at a highly modern factory in Seosan, a few kilometres from Kia’s Hwasung plant.

Donghee produces 230,000 vehicles a year, of which 90,000 are exported. Originally, DAC was a parts supplier providing suspension, sunroofs and fuel tanks to Kia. DAC decided to diversify into contract manufacturing in 2001, and in 2004, when Kia needed more production capacity in Korea, it took on building the previous Picanto. 

Constant efforts are being made to minimise the plant's effect on the environment. There have been major initiatives to increase recycling, reduce the amount of pollutants and waste in the production process, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cut air pollution through more eco-friendly production systems. Energy-saving measures have also been introduced and Seosan has a target of zero landfill scrap disposal. 

Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in all its production facilities around the globe. The last few years have seen significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes. Across all Kia facilities, new technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement.

  1. To locate a local dealer or for more information please visit www.kia.co.uk

    Stephen Kitson
    Director of Corporate Communications

    E: skitson@kia.co.uk   
    T: 01932 832075 M: 07795 011 936
    Daniel Sayles
    Press Relations Manager

    E: dsayles@kia.co.uk  
    T: 01932 832073 M: 07747 149 149
    Sara Robinson     
    Senior Press Officer

    E: srobinson@kia.co.uk
    T: 01932 832072 M: 07919 482 332
    Carly Escritt       
    Senior Press Officer

    E: cescritt@kia.co.uk  
    T: 01932 832071 M: 07557 268 252
    Moyosola Fujamade
    Press Officer (press fleet)

    E: mfujamade@kia.co.uk  
    T: 01932 832069 M: 07471 216 343
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    Press Office Assistant
    E: ejacklin@kia.co.uk  
    T: 01932 832079 M: 07795 011 475

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SPECIFICATION

Picanto

UK TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Facts and figures           

1.0-litre petrol:

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3 / 12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp (Kw)

 65 (48) @ 5,500 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 95 (70) @ 3,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa three-cylinder in-line, 12-valve DOHC with dual CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.909

 2.056

 1.269

 0.906

 0.774

 3.636

 4.056

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent CBTA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Front discs 241 x 18mm, solid rear discs 234 x 10mm with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 MDPS electric power-assisted, rack and pinion, 3.4 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Steel – 4.0J x 14-inch / Alloy – 5.0J x 14-inch

 Tyres

 165 / 60 R14

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,385

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 3,595 / 1,595 (1,875 w/mirrors) / 1,480

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 920 / 1,020

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 700 / 400

 Boot capacity (VDA)  min./max.

 litres

 200 /870

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 60

 Turning circle

 m

 9.8

 Tank capacity

 litres

 35

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.31

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 14.1

 Maximum speed

 mph

 98

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 48.7 / 74.3 / 62.8

 CO2

 g/km

 105

 

1.25-litre petrol:

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1248

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 78.8

 Power output

 bhp (Kw)

 84 (62) @ 6000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 120 (89) @ 4000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa four cylinder in-line, 16-valve, DOHC with dual CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Four-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.545

 1.895

 1.192

 0.853

 0.719

 3.636

 4.056

 2.919

 1.551

 1.000

 0.713

  –

 2.480

 4.336

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi independent CBTA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Front discs 241 x 18mm, solid rear discs 234 x 10mm with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 MDPS electric power-assisted, rack and pinion, 3.4 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloys -  5.0J x 14-inch / 5.5J x 15 inch

 Tyres

 165/60 R 14 / 175/50 R15

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,385

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 3,595 / 1,595 (1,875 w/mirrors) / 1,480

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 930 / 1,030

 950 / 1035

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 700 / 400

 400 / 0

 Boot capacity (VDA)  min./max.

 litres

 200 / 870

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 60

 Turning circle

 m

 9.8

 Tank capacity

 litres

 35

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.31

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

Five-speed m/t ISG

Four-speed a/t

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

11.5

13.2

 Maximum speed

 mph

108

101

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

44.8 / 74.3 / 60.1 (grade 2)

47.9 / 74.3 / 61.4 (grade 3 and 4)

38.7 / 61.4 / 50.4

 CO2

 g/km

109  (grade 2) 106 (grade 3)

130

 

Ends

For further information on Kia please visit www.kiapressoffice.com or contact:

Stephen Kitson                  Director of Corporate Communications
skitson@kia.co.uk – 01932 832075 – 07795 011936

Daniel Sayles                     Press Relations Manager
dsayles@kia.co.uk – 01932 832073 – 07747 149149

Sara Robinson                             Senior Press Officer
srobinson@kia.co.uk – 01932 832072 – 07919 482332

Carly Escritt                       Senior Press Officer
cescritt@kia.co.uk – 01932 832071 – 07557 262252

Moyo Fujamade                 Press Officer
mfujamade@kia.co.uk – 01932 832069 – 07471 216343

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All-New Picanto MY18

THE ALL-NEW KIA PICANTO
Short story

  • Third generation of Kia's stylish Picanto
  • More youthful and emotional design
  •   Up to 64.2mpg, with emissions as low as 101g/km 
  • Available with advanced driver aids and connectivity features
  • All-new platform makes extensive use of high-strength steel
  •   More passenger and luggage space with no increase in overall size  

The latest version of Kia's smallest car in the UK is more spacious and more practical than its predecessor while occupying not a millimetre more road space. It introduces major improvements in quality so that it can compete on an equal footing with the premium German models which have entered its market sector since the launch of the second-generation Picanto in 2011.

Advanced connectivity and driver assistance features now keep occupants fully in touch with the outside world while minimising the risk of accidents.

An all-new platform featuring twice as much high-strength steel as the previous Picanto boosts strength and safety and the range includes new ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants to add a level of sportiness to the Picanto line-up.

At launch there are modified versions of the 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre normally aspirated petrol engines from the previous Picanto, with lower fuel consumption and emissions. The all-new Picanto is capable of up to 64.2mpg, with CO2 as low as 101g/km.

In line with market demand, the Picanto is now available only as a five-door car. The former three-door variants have been discontinued.  

The Picanto and its market
The Picanto competes in the A-segment, or city car, sector of the UK and European car markets, one step down in size from traditional superminis. It is a sector which is shrinking in size with increasing customer demand for crossover-type models over conventional hatchbacks, yet it still represents huge business for Kia.

The segment accounts for more than one million sales a year in Western Europe, and the all-new Picanto is expected to take around 5.1 per cent of this, with sales of more than 60,000. In the UK, A-segment sales amount to around 130,000 a year and the Picanto has regularly been one of the top five best-selling models. The UK contributes almost a quarter of all-new Picanto sales in Europe. Around 60 per cent of buyers are women, and private buyers account for four out of every five customers.

In this area of the market, size matters. Customer research shows that city-car buyers do not want big cars, so Kia engineers and designers have ensured that the all-new Picanto is no larger than the previous model, while delivering greater space and practicality. Price, exterior design, value for money and equipment – areas in which Kia has traditionally been strong – are the prime motivators among customers. Kia confidently expects the more stylish, more spacious, sportier and more modern newcomer to increase its market share significantly in the next few years.

There are nine versions of the all-new Picanto on offer in the UK at launch, based on two engines, two transmissions and five trim lines – badged ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’. All will be five-door models, since three-door cars account for only 10 per cent of sales in the sector, and that share is diminishing.

More space and more style within the same compact footprint
The all-new Picanto is 3,595mm long and 1,595mm wide ­– exactly the same as the previous model. However, those figures do not reveal the ingenuity that has gone into the new car's packaging to improve passenger and luggage space. The all-new Picanto is 5mm taller than the previous model at 1,485mm, and has a 15mm longer wheelbase – now 2,400mm. The front overhang is shorter to give the car a squatter, sportier stance, while the rear overhang is longer to enhance the profile and create more luggage space, which goes up from 200 litres to a class-best 255 litres. This increases to 1,010 litres with the rear seats folded.

There is a lower waistline to make the cabin lighter and more airy, a slimmer dashboard to enhance space for the driver and front passenger, and lower seats placed further backwards in the cabin. There is more front head, leg and shoulder room than in the previous model, with largely unchanged space in the rear.

The changes in wheelbase and overhang dimensions have given the all-new Picanto a different character to its predecessor. Whereas the previous model was regarded by buyers as 'cute' and 'cheeky', the newcomer is sportier and more sophisticated. It has a more voluminous body which is simpler and modern. The design was a joint effort by Kia's studios in Germany and at Namyang in South Korea, where the car is sold under the 'Morning' name.

At the front there are wider grilles and air intakes flanked by multi-focus reflector or bi-function projection headlamp units, depending on model. The front foglamps, where fitted, are housed in separate side grilles or, on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models, within the main lower grille. Air curtains in the side grilles channel air away from the wheel arches and wheels to reduce turbulence and improve aerodynamics while adding a more dynamic appearance. There is a bolder, more assertive bumper, which is echoed at the rear. The top of the windscreen is castellated, as on the Sportage and other models

The black upper radiator grille with a silver paint or chrome surround is wider and slimmer than before, emphasising the Picanto's sportier appearance. At the sides, the waistline is lower and flatter, the window area has consequently been enlarged and the wheel arches are more emphatic. Wheels of between 14 and 16 inches in diameter fit snugly in their housings, there are body-colour or chromed door handles, black or chrome belt-line strips and black or body-coloured door mirrors, with integrated indicators on upper models. The wide rear roof pillar – a familiar Kia styling feature – is now more upright to accentuate the greater cabin space.

At the rear, C-shaped rear light clusters are retained, but these are now larger and feature added detail.

Inside, the all-new Picanto follows other recent new Kias with a horizontally structured dashboard split into display and control areas, separated by a satin chrome trim strip which emphasises the cabin's width and the car's strong, stable stance. Vertical ventilation outlets at the outer edges of the dashboard act as bookends for the instruments and display areas.

New materials and trim enhancements emphasise the significantly improved quality of the all-new Picanto. The seats are in smart black cloth, premium black cloth or black and red faux leather, depending on model; there are black, silver paint or satin chrome door handles; and leather trim adorns the steering wheel and gear-lever from grade ‘2’.   

‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ have larger front and rear bumpers and red highlights within the upper grille and side air intakes, along the side sills and in the lower rear bumper, which contains a diffuser section and twin exhaust tailpipes. They will also, uniquely, have the black and red faux leather upholstery, satin chrome interior door handles and stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts. 

The ‘GT-Line S’ and grade ‘3’ versions are distinguished by a 7-inch centre-mounted 'floating' touchscreen, giving access to the navigation, infotainment and connectivity systems, which include integration with Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom® and Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay® via apps pre-loaded onto a smartphone.

Two powerful petrol engines
In line with the majority of city cars, the all-new Picanto is available only with petrol engines because diesel engines add to the purchase price while offering few advantages in overall running costs.

Both engines available are from the Kappa family. There is a three-cylinder 66bhp 1.0-litre engine and a four-cylinder 83bhp 1.25. Both of these are multi-point injection (MPi) engines, now with reduced fuel consumption and emissions thanks to extensive re-engineering. The entry-level 1.0-litre engine, for example, is capable of 64.2mpg, with CO2 emissions of only 101g/km. Yet they provide lively performance for zipping around in urban traffic, with plenty in reserve for highway driving.  A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, but a four-speed automatic is optional with the 1.25 MPi engine.

All-new platform boosts driving dynamics and safety
The third-generation Picanto is built on Kia's all-new and immensely strong H platform, which boosts both driving dynamics and safety.

The amount of advanced high-strength steel in the body construction has doubled compared with the outgoing Picanto, from 22 per cent to 44 percent, making the all-new car's shell not only more robust but also 23 kilogrammes lighter. At the same time, the amount of structural adhesives bonding the body sections together has increased almost nine-fold, from 7.8 to 67 metres, to add further stiffness.

As a result, the all-new Picanto is 32 per cent better than its predecessor in torsional stiffness and 12 per cent better for tensile strength. A stiffer body benefits ride comfort and handling by allowing the suspension to do its work without having to compensate for flexing; helps to reduce noise, vibration and harshness; and provides a stronger, safer barrier in the event of impact.

The all-new Picanto, like its predecessor, has MacPherson strut front suspension, but now features a U-shaped torsion beam at the rear and revised trailing arms for improved handling with reduced weight. Steering column-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) with quickened responses reduces turning effort for parking and manoeuvring while providing a firm feel and good feedback at higher speeds. The ride and handling also benefit from measures to reduce cornering roll, while the longer wheelbase and shorter front overhang improve agility and shift the weight balance slightly rearwards. Re-packaging of the mechanical components lowers the centre of gravity, which further boosts responsiveness.

Driver and passenger well-being have also been improved by measures to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. These include greater use of foam, insulation pads and body strips, plus new engine mounts and revised, quieter heating and ventilation units. Even the windscreen wipers have been placed lower to reduce wind noise.

All models are available, either as standard or as an option, with Autonomous Emergency Braking, which can bring the car to a complete stop at speeds up to 50mph and to a partial stop at speeds over this figure. Fitted as standard are Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) help to counteract loss of traction and potential skids, while Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on uphill gradients.

Torque Vectoring is a first for Kia in the city-car class and a further aid to handling stability. Using the anti-lock brake and ESC sensors, it detects when the car is drifting off its intended course in corners and gently brakes the inside rear wheel if the front of the car is running wide, or the outer rear wheel if the rear tyres are starting to slide outwards. It is standard on all models.  

The all-new Picanto in the UK
Small cars do not have to be spartan cars. In fact, customers cite equipment levels among their chief considerations in deciding what to buy. The all-new Picanto will not disappoint.

Even the entry-level grade ‘1’ model features electric front windows, remote locking with a folding key, tinted windows, a radio with AUX and USB ports, a tilt-adjustable steering column, automatic headlight control, electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), 60:40 split folding rear seats and six airbags. Options include metallic paint and Automatic Emergency Braking.

From grade ‘2’, air conditioning, electric rear windows, electric heated door mirrors, Bluetooth with music streaming, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear-lever. There is a four-speaker rather than a two-speaker audio system, high-gloss black centre fascia trim, body-coloured door handles and side mirror housings, a chromed grille surround and 14-inch alloy wheels in place of steel rims.

Grade ‘3’ adds Autonomous Emergency Braking as standard, 15-inch alloy wheels, a supervision instrument cluster, front fog lights, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, a floor-mounted sliding centre armrest, automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, a 7-inch 'floating' central display unit with satellite navigation and full connectivity, Bluetooth with voice recognition, a DAB radio as part of a six-speaker audio system, a rear parking camera and sensors and chromed exterior door handles.

Distinguishing features on the ‘GT-Line’ model are 16-inch alloy wheels, sports front and rear bumpers and side sills, a dual exhaust, black and red faux leather seats, a supervision instrument cluster, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, satin chrome interior door handles, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, bi-function projection headlamp units, LED daytime running lamps and rear lights, a chrome beltline strip and stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts.

To this, ‘GT-Line S’ adds a wireless phone charger, an electric sunroof, heated front seats and steering wheel, a smart key and push-button engine start/stop, a 7-inch central display unit with satellite navigation and connected services, DAB radio, rear parking camera and sensors, a dual-height boot floor, luggage net and hooks and a driver's-side illuminated vanity mirror.

The best warranty in the business
In line with every Kia, the all-new Picanto comes with the best warranty in the business – seven years or 100,000 miles, including labour, subject to terms and conditions. The warranty is fully transferable to the next owner if the car is sold before the time or mileage limit expires. The all-new Picanto requires servicing every 10,000 miles or 12 months, and retail customers are able to benefit from low-cost Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages. These are also transferable. 

The all-new Picanto range: 

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

Picanto ‘1’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

66

96

13.8

100

64.2

101

Picanto ‘2’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

66

96

13.8

100

64.2

101

Picanto ‘2’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

Picanto ‘2’ 1.25 83bhp 4-speed auto  

83

122

13.2

100

52.3

124

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

66

96

13.8

100

64.2

101

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

Picanto ‘3’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

Picanto ‘3’ 1.25 83bhp 4-speed auto  

83

122

13.2

100

52.3

124

Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

 

AT A GLANCE  
An instant guide to our new city car

Exterior

  • Five-door, five-seat hatchback
  • Joint design by European and Korean studios
  • Same footprint as previous model (length 3,595mm, width 1,595mm) but 5mm taller with a 15mm longer wheelbase (2,400mm), shorter front overhang and larger rear overhang
  • Slimmer, wider false 'tiger nose' upper front grille
  • Larger lower grille/air intake now flared outwards at its bottom edge
  • Front fog lights, where fitted, housed in separate side grilles or in main grille on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’
  • Lower beltline creates a larger greenhouse and gives a better view out and a more airy cabin
  • Larger C-shaped rear light units
  • Two designs of front and rear bumpers, with a diffuser effect and twin exhausts for ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’
  • Red grille, side sill and rear diffuser trim for ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’
  • High-strength steel content doubled from 22 per cent to 44 per cent, allowing body weight to be reduced by 23 kilos
  • Almost nine times more (67 metres) structural adhesives used in body construction compared with previous Picanto
  • Steel or alloy wheels of 14, 15 or 16 inches in diameter
  • Front air curtains channel turbulent air away from wheel housings
  • Drag coefficient (Cd) 0.33

Interior

  • Greater front head, leg and shoulder room with largely unchanged space in the rear
  • Boot capacity up by 55 litres to a class-best 255 litres
  • Horizontally structured dash with upper display area and lower control area
  • 2.6-inch standard or supervision instrument cluster
  • All seats 10mm lower and moved 5mm towards rear
  • Slimmer crash pad with steering wheel raised by 15mm for greater front knee room
  • More premium interior through features such as satin chrome interior door handles, illuminated driver's vanity mirror, sliding adjustable front armrest and leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, depending on model
  • Black, premium black or black and red faux leather upholstery
  • Satin chrome interior door handles and stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts for ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’

Technical

  • Extensively re-engineered 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.25-litre four-cylinder Kappa petrol engines available
  • Improved fuel economy of up to 64.2mpg, with emissions now starting at a lower 101g/km
  • Five-speed manual gearbox standard, with four-speed auto optional with 1.25 MPi engine
  • Revised MacPherson strut front suspension with new lightweight U-shaped torsion beam and new trailing arms at the rear improve ride comfort and handling
  • Column-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering with quicker steering rack for easier parking and manoeuvring and firm, precise feel at higher speeds
  • Improved NVH through increased use of expandable foam, door strips and sound-deadening pads plus new-style engine mounts and a revised heating and ventilation system   

Technology

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking available for every model
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) standard across the range
  • Torque Vectoring available in Picanto for first time as a further aid to cornering stability
  • Wireless phone charger, heated seats and steering wheel, a smart key and push-button engine start/stop, 7-inch central 'floating' display unit with satellite navigation, digital radio, rear parking camera and sensors and dual-height boot floor available
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® navigation plus Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay® smartphone connectivity standard with grade ‘3’ and ‘GT-Line S’  

THE DESIGN STORY 
A simpler, more modern look with greater space 

Size matters when it comes to city cars like the Picanto. Buyers want space, versatility and practicality, but within a compact package that can be threaded through narrow and crowded urban streets and parked in the tightest of hard-to-find spaces.   

It was with this in mind that the teams at Kia's European design centre in Frankfurt and Namyang in South Korea began co-operating on the design and package of the all-new, third-generation Picanto. And the starting point was that it should not be a millimetre bigger than the car it replaces. The footprint of the new car is therefore exactly the same as that of the previous one – 3,595mm long and 1,595mm wide.   

However, those stark figures do not do justice to the ingenuity that has gone into the new car's design and packaging. Kia customer research revealed that buyers of the previous model wanted more of everything except overall size – more passenger and luggage space, more features and more quality. This enforced a complete rethink of the packaging of Kia's smallest European model. Thanks to the all-new H platform on which it is built, there is a 15mm longer wheelbase (2,400mm) without affecting overall length, and the front overhang has been reduced by 25mm while the rear overhang is 10mm greater to make space for a larger boot. The all-new Picanto is also 5mm taller than its predecessor.

Gregory Guillaume, Kia's Head of European Design, describes the new Picanto as "a small car that someone forgot to tell that it is small". 

It is more European, more spacious more sophisticated and more sporty – an important consideration with ‘GT Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions in the range for the first time.

Exterior
There is a simple elegance about the all-new Picanto and a complete absence of fussy extraneous detail. As a result, the all-new Picanto is more youthful and energetic in appearance. From the front it gives the false impression of being wider and more stable than the previous model thanks to the elongated and slimmer 'tiger-nose' false upper grille. This is in black with either silver paint or, from grade ‘2’ upwards, a chrome surround. It stretches outwards to meet the multi-function reflector or bi-function projection headlamp units. LED daytime running lights are standard on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

The lower grille/air intake of all models is larger, and is now widest at its lower edge, in complete contrast to that on the previous model.

Upright side grilles now house the front foglamps where fitted, and they are pushed as far outwards in the muscular bumper as is possible. The Kia badge has been relocated from the grille to just above it, and there are concealed windscreen wipers which help towards a drag co-efficient, or Cd, of 0.33 while reducing wind noise. Air curtains which channel air away from the wheel arches and wheels reduce turbulence and improve aerodynamics while adding a more dynamic appearance. The top of the windscreen is castellated, as on the Sportage. 

At the sides, the 'cute' and 'cheeky' appearance of the previous Picanto has been replaced by a more assertive and bold look, with a rich cubic effect and elegant horizontal lines along the side skirts and shoulder. The beltline is now straighter, and it is 5mm lower at the front and 14mm lower at the rear, enhancing the view out for all occupants while making the cabin more airy. The wide C-pillar – something of a distinguishing Kia feature – is more upright to accentuate the greater cabin space.   

There is a black or chrome beltline moulding and door handles, depending on model; tinted glass on every version; privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate of ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’; aerodynamic door mirrors; and wheels of 14, 15 or 16 inches in diameter – alloy on all but grade ‘1’.

The chunky appearance of the front bumper is echoed at the rear, and here, too, the fog lamp and reversing light have been pushed as far out to the car's extremities as is possible. C-shaped main light units – LED for ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ – are retained, but are more voluminous, with added detail to give a more high-tech image. As at the front, the overall effect is to exaggerate the car's width and stability. A roof spoiler aids aerodynamics and houses the high-level brake light. A subtle shark's-fin antenna replaces the previous aerial.

Interior
The longer wheelbase, higher roofline and new proportions have had a significant beneficial effect on the space within the all-new Picanto. Front head, leg and shoulder room have all been increased – by 3mm, 15mm and 10mm respectively – while rear space in all three directions has been largely maintained. There has also been a 55-litre increase in boot capacity, to a class-best 255 litres, while the loading height is now 55mm lower. Folding rear seats, split 60:40, are standard across the range, expanding the luggage area to a maximum 1,010 litres, the ‘GT-Line S’ has a two-level boot floor. 

Lots of small, detailed changes in the cabin design and layout further add to space and comfort. The seats are set 10mm lower than in the previous Picanto, and are 5mm further back. The door trims are more slender and the crash pad is slimmer, while the dashboard and steering wheel have been raised by 15mm and 10mm respectively, creating more knee space.

The dashboard, in common with other recent new Kias, is slim and wide to emphasise the cabin's width, and is split along horizontal lines into an upper display area and a lower control area. It is clean, modern and simple, with a satin chrome strip separating the two principal areas.

The significantly improved quality of the all-new Picanto – perceived and actual – is evident in the fit and finish and the choice of materials. The instruments appear in 2.6-inch monochrome or supervision monochrome display. Depending on model, there is black cloth or premium black cloth upholstery. A leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter appears from grade ‘2’ and there are black, silver paint or satin chrome door handles. 

Comfort has been considerably improved by new seats based on those in Kia models two or three classes up. Where the seats in many city cars have one-piece backrests with integrated headrests, those in the all-new Picanto feature fully-adjustable active headrests. The new seats share the same base materials and construction as those in the latest Optima. In the rear, the backrest angle is more reclined – from 25 to 27 degrees – and there are more prominent side bolsters. All of this makes for a more comfortable and relaxing ride on longer journeys.

In-car practicality has not been overlooked, either. There is more storage space which includes, at the base of the centre console, an open double-shelf tray to store mobile devices and other small items, with retractable twin cupholders. The new central armrest for front passengers, which is standard in grades ‘3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’, is a first in class and slides fore and aft by up to 55 mm. It covers a small storage compartment designed to accommodate a one-litre water bottle or a sunglasses case. The ‘GT-Line S’ also has a tray for wireless charging of mobile devices.

GT-Line and GT-Line S
The ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ have a number of distinguishing features to emphasise their role as the sportiest models in the range. The most obvious of these from the outside are the sports front and rear bumpers and side sill mouldings, with red trim highlights. The upper grille and lower side grilles also feature red detailing. The lower rear bumper contains a diffuser section and twin exhaust tailpipes.

There are 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/45 R16 tyres, chrome exterior handles, chrome side window trims, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, bi-function projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights and rear lights and front fog lights in the corners of the main lower grille/air intake rather than in the side intakes.     

Inside, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ have black and red faux leather upholstery and stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts.  There are satin chrome door handles and, for the ‘GT-Line S’, a heated steering wheel and front seats. 

The ‘GT-Line S’, along with grade ‘3’ versions, also has a 7-inch central 'floating' touchscreen, giving access to the navigation, infotainment and connectivity systems, which include integration with Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom®, DAB radio, Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay® connectivity via apps pre-loaded onto a smartphone. In all other models the audio details are displayed on a 3.8-inch monochrome unit.

 

RANGE FINDER             
Five trim levels including sporty new ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’

The Picanto may be the entry-level model to the world of Kia, but that does not mean it is a poor relation. Depending on model, it offers many of the luxuries found in larger Kias, and is available with the latest connectivity features and advanced driver assistance systems. And, for the first time, there are sporty versions in the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.  

Even the entry-level grade ‘1’ model features electric front windows, remote locking with a folding key, tinted windows, a radio with AUX and USB ports, a tilt-adjustable steering column, automatic headlight control, stability control (ESC), stability management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), 60:40 split folding rear seats and six airbags. Options include Automatic Emergency Braking.

From grade ‘2’, air conditioning, electric rear windows, electric heated door mirrors, Bluetooth with music streaming, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear-lever become standard. There is a four-speaker rather than a two-speaker audio system, high-gloss black centre fascia trim, rear disc brakes instead of drum brakes, body-coloured door handles and side mirror housings, a chromed grille surround and 14-inch alloy wheels in place of steel rims.

Grade ‘3’ adds Automatic Emergency Braking as standard, 15-inch alloy wheels, a supervision instrument cluster, front fog lights, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, a floor-mounted sliding centre armrest, automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, a 7-inch 'floating' central display unit with satellite navigation and full connectivity, a digital radio as part of a six-speaker audio system, a rear parking camera and sensors, front fog lights and chromed exterior door handles.

Distinguishing features on the ‘GT-Line’ model are 16-inch alloy wheels, Autonomous Emergency Braking, sports front and rear bumpers and side sills, a dual exhaust, black and red faux leather seats, a supervision instrument cluster, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, satin chrome exterior door handles, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, projection headlamp units, LED daytime running lamps and rear lights, a chrome beltline strip and aluminium pedals with non-slip rubber inserts.

To this, ‘GT-Line S’ adds a wireless phone charger, a sunroof, heated seats and steering wheel, a smart key and push-button engine start/stop, a 7-inch central display unit with satellite navigation and connected services, DAB radio, rear parking camera and sensors, a dual-height boot floor, luggage net and hooks and a driver's-side illuminated vanity mirror.

Connectivity and advanced driver aids
The 7-inch 'floating' touchscreen in ‘GT-Line S’ and grade ‘3’ gives access to a full suite of connectivity functions, including Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®. Once paired with a smartphone, occupants can play music, send and receive text messages and make phone calls using voice commands. The full-colour display can also supply real-time traffic information and weather reports, local point of interest information and speed camera locations through Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom®. The system includes full satellite navigation and is linked to a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines to help the driver follow the perfect parking course.

Autonomous Emergency Braking is standard from grade ‘3’ and optional on grades ‘1’ and ‘2’. Using a combination of camera and radar, it provides full braking between 5mph and 50mph and partial braking with a driver alert at up to 112mph. As a result, many potential collisions – with both vehicles and pedestrians – can be avoided, while the severity of others may be considerably reduced.

Specification

EXTERIOR DESIGN & LIGHTING

‘1’

‘2’

‘3’

‘GT-Line’

‘GT-Line S’

14" Steel Wheels with Cover (175/65 R14)

P

-

-

-

-

14" Alloy Wheels (175/65 R14)

-

P

-

-

-

15" Alloy Wheels (185/55 R15)

-

-

P

-

-

16” Alloy Wheels (195/45 r16)

-

-

-

P

P

Body Coloured Bumpers

s

s

s

s

s

Body Coloured Mirrors and Exterior Handles

-

P

-

P

-

Body Coloured Mirrors and Chrome Exterior Handles

-

-

P

-

P

Sports Front & Rear Bumpers with Twin Exhaust

-

-

-

P

P

Black Radiator Grille with Silver Paint Surround

P

-

-

-

-

Black Radiator Grille with Chrome Surround

-

P

P

P

P

Body Coloured Side Sill Mouldings

-

-

-

P

P

Chrome Side Window Trim

-

-

-

P

P

Tinted Glass

s

s

s

s

s

Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

-

-

-

P

P

MFR (Multi-Function Reflector) Headlights with Black Bezel

P

P

P

-

-

Bi-Function Projection Headlights

-

-

-

P

P

Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

s

s

s

s

s

Headlight Levelling Device

s

s

s

s

s

Automatic Headlight Control

s

s

s

s

s

Front Fog Lights

-

-

P

P

P

Rear Fog Light

s

s

s

s

s

LED Rear Lights

-

-

-

P

P

High-mounted Brake Light

s

s

s

s

s

Speed Variable Front Wipers

s

s

s

s

s

Rear Wiper/Washer

s

s

s

s

s

Heated Rear Window

s

s

s

s

s

Manually Adjustable Door Mirrors

P

-

-

-

-

Electrically Adjustable Heated Door Mirrors

-

P

-

-

-

Electrically Folding, Adjustable & Heated Door Mirrors with LED Indicator Lights

-

-

P

P

P

Electric Sunroof

-

-

-

-

P

Standard Paint  

s

s

s

s

s

Optional Paint

OPT

OPT

OPT

OPT

OPT

Premium Paint

OPT

OPT

Opt

OPT

OPT

INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

 

 

 

 

Black Cloth Upholstery

P

-

-

-

-

Premium Black Cloth Upholstery

-

P

P

-

-

Black and Red Faux Leather Upholstery

-

-

-

P

P

Sliding & Reclining Front Seats

s

s

s

s

s

Heated Front Seats

-

-

-

-

P

Heated Steering Wheel

-

-

-

-

P

Tilt Steering Wheel Adjustment

s

s

s

s

s

Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel and Gearshift

-

P

P

P

P

Black Interior Door Handles

P

-

-

-

-

Silver Paint Finished Interior Door Handles

-

P

P

-

-

Satin Chrome Interior Door Handles

-

-

-

P

P

High Gloss Centre Fascia Trim

-

P

P

P

P

Air Conditioning

-

P

-

P

-

Automatic Air Conditioning

-

-

P

-

P

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

-

P

P

P

P

Front Electric Windows

P

-

-

-

-

Front & Rear Electric Windows with Driver’s Auto Up/Down Function

-

P

P

P

P

Remote Central Door Locking & Fold-away Key

P

P

P

P

-

Smart Key with Engine Start Button

-

-

-

-

P

Stainless Steel Pedals

-

-

-

P

P

Cruise Control and Speed Limiter

-

-

P

-

P

STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

 

60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats

s

s

s

s

s

3 x Passenger Assist Grips

s

s

s

s

s

1 x Coat Hooks (Rear)

s

s

s

s

s

Front 12V Power Socket

s

s

s

s

s

Glovebox

s

s

s

s

s

Front Passenger Seatback Pocket

s

s

s

s

s

Centre Console with Storage Box and Sliding Armrest

-

-

P

P

P

Centre Console Cupholders

s

s

s

s

s

Front Cabin Light

s

s

s

s

s

Driver & Passenger Sunvisors with Vanity Mirror

P

P

P

P

P

Drive & Passenger Sunvisors with Vanity Mirror (Illuminated Driver’s Side)

-

-

-

-

P

Tyre Repair Kit

s

s

s

s

s

Dual Height Luggage Area Floor

-

-

-

-

P

Luggage Net & Hooks

-

-

-

-

P

Luggage Area Light

s

s

s

s

s

Luggage Area Parcel Shelf

s

s

s

s

s

AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

         

2-speaker audio System

P

-

-

-

-

4-speaker audio System

-

P

-

-

-

6-speaker audio System

-

-

P

P

P

3.8” Monochrome Audio display with RDS

P

P

-

P

-

7” Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with RDS & DAB

-

-

P

-

P

Kia Connected Services Featuring TomTom® (traffic, speed cameras, local search & weather updates)**

-

-

P

-

P

Apple CarPlay™& Android Auto™**

-

-

P

-

P

Reversing Camera System with Dynamic Guidelines (integrated into Centre Fascia Screen)

-

-

P

-

P

Bluetooth® with Music Streaming**

-

P

-

P

-

Bluetooth® with Voice Recognition and Music Streaming**

-

-

P

-

P

Wireless Mobile Phone Charger**

-

-

-

-

P

2.6” Monochrome Cluster Display

P

P

-

-

-

2.6” Supervision Monochrome Cluster Display

OPT1

OPT1

P

P

P

USB & AUX Ports for Connection of a Media Device

s

s

s

s

s

Rear Parking Sensors*

-

-

P

-

P

Tachometer

s

s

s

s

s

Trip Computer (Distance to Empty, Ave. Fuel Consumption, Instant Fuel Consumption, Average Speed, Trip Mileage & Journey Time Elapsed)

s

s

s

s

s

External Temperature Display

s

s

s

s

s

ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

 

 

 

 

ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake-Assist System (BAS)

s

s

s

s

s

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

s

s

s

s

s

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)

OPT1

OPT1

s

s

s

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

s

s

s

s

s

Emergency Stop Signalling

s

s

s

s

s

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

s

s

s

s

s

Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

s

s

s

s

s

PASSIVE SAFETY

         

Twin Front Airbags

s

s

s

s

s

Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

s

s

s

s

s

Twin Side Airbags (Front)

s

s

s

s

s

Twin Curtain Airbags

s

s

s

s

s

Side Impact Protection System

s

s

s

s

s

All-round Height Adjustable Headrests

s

s

s

s

s

All-round 3-Point Seatbelts

s

s

s

s

s

Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters

-

s

s

s

s

Front Seatbelt Pre-tensioners & Load-limiters

s

s

s

s

s

Seatbelt Reminder Warning

s

s

s

s

s

ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings

s

s

s

s

s

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

s

s

s

s

s

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

s

s

s

s

s

SECURITY

         

Anti-Theft Alarm System

s

s

s

s

s

Engine Immobiliser

s

s

s

s

s

Locking Wheel Nuts

s

s

s

s

s

Visible Vehicle Identification No. (VIN)

s

s

s

s

s

Child Safety Rear Door Locks

s

s

s

s

s

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking (Dealer-activated Feature)

OPT1

OPT1

s

s

s

*Parking Sensors may not match exterior body colour

**Check with your dealer for mobile phone capability

1 Advanced Driving Assistance Pack (ADAP) comprises of AEB and Supervision Cluster. Subject to order.

 

THE TECHNICAL STORY    
Two engines available

The two engines offered are the modified 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre multi-point injection (MPi) petrol engines which, both from the Kappa family. As with the vast majority of city cars, there is no diesel because any savings in running costs would not be sufficient to compensate for the higher purchase price.

A major re-engineering programme has reduced the fuel consumption and emissions of the MPi engines, which are now as low as 64.2mpg and 101g/km. Five-speed manual gearboxes are standard, but a four-speed automatic is available with the 1.2-litre engine.

There has been extensive work to enhance comfort and driver enjoyment through revisions to the suspension and steering. The Picanto relies on independent MacPherson struts at the front and a new, lightweight U-shaped torsion beam axle and new trailing arms at the rear. The improvement in ride and handling also benefits from the stiffer all-new platform and body as well as a quicker rack for the column-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS).

Refinement has been dramatically improved through detailed work on the aerodynamics, body structure, insulation and soundproofing, and is now best in class.

The 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre multi-point injection engines
At launch, the two petrol engines available in the all-new Picanto are a three-cylinder 998cc unit and a four-cylinder with a displacement of 1,248cc. Both are from the Kappa family and have the same 71mm cylinder bore, but the four-cylinder version has a shorter piston stroke – 78.8mm against 84mm. Both have four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing on the inlet and exhaust sides and multi-point fuel injection for highly efficient combustion with strong performance across a wide rev range.

They have a common 10.5:1 compression ratio, a cast aluminium block, low-friction beehive valve springs, an offset crankshaft and a maintenance-free long-life timing chain.

Both have been extensively modified to improve performance, fuel economy and emissions. Upgrades include a new exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head and a new cooling system with shut-off valve, reducing the time it takes the engine to warm-up from a cold start. A new two-stage oil pump reduces mechanical friction. For the 1.0-litre unit, a new auto tensioner reduces belt noise, and cooled exhaust gas recirculation minimises pumping losses and knocking while bringing about a two per cent fuel saving. The 1.25-litre unit now features a revised dual continuously-variable valve timing system and new coated piston rings to reduce cylinder friction for greater efficiency, as well as an auto tensioner on the belt and a piston cooling jet.

The 1.0-litre 12-valve unit develops 66bhp at a now-reduced 5,500rpm and 96Nm of torque at 3,500rpm, giving the car a 101mph top speed and sprightly 0-60mph acceleration in 13.8 seconds with immediate responses that befit a primarily urban car. Of equal interest to budget-conscious buyers is its excellent combined economy of 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions of only 101g/km. The spread of torque, acceleration and highway performance have all improved compared with the previous Picanto, but at the same time there has been a 1.4mpg improvement in overall economy and a 4g/km reduction in CO2 emissions. It is worth noting that the urban driving economy potential of the 1.0-litre Picanto is more than 50mpg.  

The 1.25-litre 16-valve Kappa engine develops 83bhp at 6,000rpm and 122Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It is allied to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. The manual has a top speed of 107mph and a 0-60mph acceleration time of 11.6 seconds. Combined fuel economy is 61.4mpg, while the CO2 emissions are 106g/km. As with the 1.0-litre engine, this represents small but nevertheless significant gains of 1.3mpg and 3g/km.

With automatic transmission the Picanto averages 52.3mpg (a 1.9mpg improvement) in the official combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 124g/km (down by 6g/km), while the respective top speed is 101mph, with 0-60mph acceleration in 13.2 seconds.

The improved torque characteristics of both engines has allowed Kia engineers to employ higher gearing, which promotes greater fuel economy while reducing noise at cruising speeds.

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

Picanto ‘1’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

66

96

13.8

100

64.2

101

Picanto ‘2’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

66

96

13.8

100

64.2

101

Picanto ‘2’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

Picanto ‘2’ 1.25 83bhp 4-speed auto  

83

122

13.2

100

52.3

124

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

66

96

13.8

100

64.2

101

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

Picanto ‘3’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

Picanto ‘3’ 1.25 83bhp 4-speed auto  

83

122

13.2

100

52.3

124

Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

 

Greater driver satisfaction and improved passenger comfort
The all-new Picanto, like its predecessor, is based upon a suspension system which features independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear, with column-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering, but there have been extensive revisions to deliver greater driver satisfaction, quicker responses and a more comfortable ride.

The changes start with the all-new H platform which underpins the third-generation Picanto and the revised proportions and weight distribution of the car. The new H platform features twice as much high-strength steel as in the previous model – up from 22 per cent to 44 percent – making the all-new car's shell not only more robust but also 23 kilogrammes lighter. At the same time the amount of structural adhesive bonding the body sections together has increased almost nine-fold, from 7.8 to 67 metres, to add further stiffness.

As a result, the all-new Picanto is 32 per cent better than its predecessor in static torsional stiffness and 12 per cent better for tensile strength. A stiffer body benefits ride comfort and handling by allowing the suspension to do its work without having to compensate for flexing; helps to reduce noise, vibration and harshness; and provides a stronger, safer barrier in the event of impact.

The longer wheelbase, shorter front overhang, larger rear overhang and seats which are 10mm lower and 5mm further back have created a slightly more rear-biased weight distribution, while the small-capacity engines minimise weight over the nose and add to the car's agility. The relocation of mechanical parts because of the shorter front overhang also lowers the centre of gravity, which further aids agility.

Kia engineers have built upon the sharp handling responses and comfortable ride of the previous Picanto to provide even greater stability and quicker steering reactions, something which is especially helpful in confined city streets and when parking, with an even more comfortable ride.

The MacPherson strut front suspension has revised geometry which reduces friction and ensures that the forces from the wheels are now more in line with the dampers. The anti-roll bar is now two per cent stiffer and mounted slightly lower, while that at the rear is five per cent stiffer. This has reduced the angle of cornering roll by up to one degree which, along with the shorter front overhang, improves steering responsiveness.

The slightly more rearward weight bias naturally reduces the pitch centre of the car and nose dive when braking, improving ride comfort without the need for firmer spring and damper settings. The extended wheelbase also adds to ride comfort.

The rear torsion beam is now U-shaped and features new trailing arms which reduce unsprung weight by 1.8kg on the rear axle, with no loss of component rigidity. As at the front, there are measures to reduce friction and maximise damping.

The steering rack for the MDPS system is now mounted lower and is 13 per cent quicker, requiring just 2.8 turns between the extremes of lock instead of the previous 3.4. Along with the shorter front overhang, this considerably improves responsiveness and agility in tight manoeuvres and when parking. The all-new Picanto has a tight turning circle of just 9.4 metres.

Wheels of 14, 15 or 16 inches in diameter (steel on grade ‘1’ models; alloy on all others) are fitted, with 175/65 R14, 185/55 R15 or 195/45 R16 tyres. All models have a tyre repair kit in place of a spare wheel.   

Anything for a quiet life with comprehensive new NVH counter-measures
Besides being the most engaging small car to drive that Kia has ever produced, the all-new Picanto is also the quietest and most refined.

It features a comprehensive package of new NVH counter-measures to shut out mechanical road and wind noise. The all-new Picanto is now the quietest car in class, both when idling (39 decibels) and at a steady cruise (68 decibels). 

Additional refinement measures include a new soundproofing panel beneath the dashboard and in the floor of the cabin, expandable sound-absorbent foam in the lower sections of the A- and B-pillars and a new sound-absorbent engine cover and reshaped air intake to isolate engine noise from the cabin. The structure of the engine mounts has been revised to counteract vibrations and there is an improved heating and ventilation radiator which is quieter than that in the previous model.  Even the windscreen wipers play a part: they are now 6 mm lower to reduce the level of wind noise at the base of the windscreen.

Wind turbulence has also been reduced by the air curtains ahead of the front wheels, which reduce the vortex around the tyres, and by the rear roof spoiler.

The best of active and passive safety
The ultra-stiff body shell of the all-new Picanto, composed of 44 per cent advanced high-strength steels versus 22 per cent in the previous model, has beneficial effects beyond handling and comfort. It provides a greater barrier against injury in the event of an accident.

The chassis of the new car has carefully designed longitudinal and lateral load paths and greater torsional and bending rigidity than the model it replaces. Structural improvements include the application of almost nine times more adhesives (now 67 metres) to bond the body together. Advanced high-strength steels reinforce all major chassis parts. The new, stronger steel has been used to strengthen the floor pan, roof rails and engine bay, as well as the A- and B-pillars, creating a stronger core structure.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which work together to stabilise the car on slippery road surfaces or when simultaneously cornering and braking, are now joined by a new feature – torque vectoring. This is a first for Kia in the city-car class and a further aid to handling stability. Using the anti-lock brake and ESC sensors, it detects when the car is drifting off its intended course in corners and brakes the inside rear wheel if the front of the car is running wide or the outer rear wheel if the rear tyres are starting to slide. It is standard on all models.  

All versions also have Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.

There are six airbags, with pre-tensioners and load limiters front and rear to brace occupants in their seats in extreme braking, and to prevent injury to chests. A visual and audible seat belt reminder warning is fitted, and there are ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.    

 

TECHNOLOGY   
Advanced driver aids and connectivity system now offered

Kia's policy is to make the latest safety and communications technologies available to buyers at every level where they can be done so affordably. With this in mind, every version of the all-new Picanto is available with Autonomous Emergency Braking as part of Kia's advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and it is standard from grade ‘3’. The new Picanto is also the first small Kia to feature torque vectoring while, in an increasingly connected world, a Kia Connected Services package powered by TomTom® and featuring Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration is standard with the grade ‘3’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition takes data from radar and a camera to detect sudden and potentially dangerous braking by a vehicle ahead, and activates the brakes. At speeds between 5mph and 50mph the Picanto will come to a complete stop, avoiding many potential collisions and minimising the consequences of others. It is also able to detect pedestrians who wander into its path, and apply the brakes in the same way. Visual and audible alerts warn the driver of imminent danger so that manual intervention is possible before the car starts to brake automatically. At up to 112mph, partial autonomous braking comes into play to reduce the severity of, or completely prevent, collisions.    

Torque Vectoring is a first for Kia in the city-car class and a further aid to handling stability. Using the anti-lock brake and ESC sensors, it detects when the car is drifting off its intended course in corners and brakes the inside rear wheel if the front of the car is running wide or the outer rear wheel if the rear tyres are starting to slide. It is standard on all models.  

Kia Connected Services with TomTom are accessed through a 7-inch 'floating' touchscreen navigation system. The information available to drivers includes live traffic updates, weather reports, speed camera locations and local point-of-interest searches.

Android Auto is available when paired with Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, while Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer versions of the Apple handset. Both allow occupants to connect to various apps and functions, including voice-guided, hands-free calls and texts. Android Auto gives access to Google maps navigation and Google Play music, while Apple CarPlay links to pre-loaded maps, music, podcasts, texts and messages and audiobooks, all through Siri voice control.

RUNNING COSTS       
Value for money doesn't stop with the purchase price

The Picanto is Kia's smallest and least expensive car in the UK, and value for money is one of the key factors in its increasing sales success. With Kia, value for money does not end with the extensive standard equipment and competitive pricing: it also encompasses every aspect of ownership, including daily running costs, money-saving servicing packages and measures to ensure cars are easy to repair to keep down insurance rates.    

Both engines are small-capacity units which are sparing with fuel, and the two MPi units have been extensively re-engineered to make them even more so: economy is up to 64.2mpg. For the relatively small but highly important number of business users, emissions are also low to minimise company car taxation. CO2 now starts at just 101g/km for the 1.0-litre MPi engine.

Most owners should need to take the car in for routine maintenance only once a year and there are three- and five-year servicing packages for retail customers, who make up more than 80 per cent of the customer base. Meanwhile, the tough new platform and body has been designed with ease of repair in mind to minimise insurance costs.

Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and taxation 2017-18

Engine

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

BIK band

Road fund licence year 1/year 2

  1.0

64.2

101

19%

£140 / £140

  1.25

61.4

106

20%

£140 / £140

  1.25 auto

52.3

124

23%

£160 / £140

 

All-inclusive servicing
Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes sooner, and retail customers are able to take advantage of the Care-3 and Care-3 Plus packages, which cover the first three or five services for a low fixed price. All labour and routine replacement parts and fluids are included. Work is carried out by trained product technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. Like the seven-year warranty, the servicing packages stay with the car, so are fully transferable to another customer.

Insurance groups:

Model

Group (1-50)

Picanto ‘1’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

4

Picanto ‘2’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

5

Picanto ‘2’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

8

Picanto ‘2’ 1.25 83bhp 4-speed auto  

8

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

6

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

9

Picanto ‘3’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

9

Picanto ‘3’ 1.25 83bhp 4-speed auto  

9

Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual

10

 

Warranty and support
Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year warranty.  That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000. 

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty plus one-year Europe-wide roadside assistance through KiaAssist.

 

MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT  
Built in Seosan in a joint venture factory

The Picanto is built under a joint-venture arrangement with Donghee Auto Company at a highly modern factory in Seosan, a few kilometres from Kia’s Hwasung plant.

Donghee also makes the Kia Ray, a small hatchback for sale in the Korean domestic market only. The factory produces a total of 230,000 vehicles a year, of which 90,000 are exported. Originally, DAC was a parts supplier providing suspension, sunroofs and fuel tanks to Kia. DAC decided to diversify into contract manufacturing in 2001, and in 2004, when Kia needed more production capacity in Korea, it took on building the Picanto.

Constant efforts are being made to minimise the plant's effect on the environment. There have been major initiatives to increase recycling, reduce the amount of pollutants and waste in the production process, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cut air pollution through more eco-friendly production systems. Energy-saving measures have also been introduced and Seosan has a target of zero landfill scrap disposal.

Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in all its production facilities around the globe. The last few years have seen significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes. Across all Kia facilities, new technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Things we think you'll want to know

  1. How does the Picanto fit in with Kia's overall marketing strategy in the UK?
  2. It is an extremely important car for us, and could be responsible for almost one in six of our UK sales. In fact the UK delivers close to a quarter of all European Picanto sales. Although the city-car market is shrinking – some forecasters believe that by the end of 2018 it will have been reduced by 20 per cent based on 2015 figures –we expect the all-new Picanto to increase its market share in both the UK and mainland Europe. Retail customers represent just over 60 per cent of all city-car buyers, but with Picanto the proportion is 82 per cent, so it is a vitally important car for us in attracting private buyers.

 

  1. Won't your ambitions be hampered by the discontinuation of three-door models?
  2. Only by a tiny number, if at all. Three-door city cars are increasingly falling out of favour with buyers in this sector and now account for only 10 per cent of sales, a figure which continues to fall. It is not worth the cost of additional tooling at the factory to produce different body sides and doors for such a small number of sales.

 

  1. Which models do you expect to be the most popular?
  2. Grade ‘2’ versions will be the biggest sellers, and will be the choice of around 45 per cent of buyers, but we are predicting large demand for the new GT-Line and forecast that this could be responsible for around 30 per cent of Picanto sales. We think the most popular engine will be the 1.0-litre MPi.

 

  1. The new body is 23kg lighter than that of the old car, but overall weight has hardly changed. How come?
  2. Three words: refinement, connectivity and safety. City-car buyers, many of whom are downsizing from something larger, demand the levels of refinement they are used to, so there is a far greater degree of soundproofing materials in the new Picanto. Connectivity systems also add to weight, as do the cameras and radar systems needed for the Autonomous Emergency Braking feature. So, overall, the weight is little changed, but the new Picanto is much lighter than if we had continued with conventional and less-safe steels. Every model still weighs less than 1,000kg.

 

  1. What about future variants – an electric Picanto, or a GT?
  2. There are no plans to produce an electric Picanto, or hybrid versions, because we believe we are well covered in the small-car alternative powertrain market by the Soul EV until there is a more mature recharging infrastructure. A GT is perfectly feasible - we have a 118bhp version of the T-GDi engine which would slot easily into the Picanto – but 75 per cent of all city-car sales go to models with engines of 75bhp or less. As always, there has to be demand and a strong business case for any additional versions.

 

  1. It appears that the new Picanto does not have ISG, your engine stop/start system. Why?
  2. The system under which UK car buyers pay road tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty, changes for 2017-18 so that the Government can claw back some of the money it was losing as cars became more fuel efficient. As a result, fuel consumption for the all-new Picanto would have been only marginally better by fitting ISG, while the cost of the car would have been considerably higher. Kia's policy is to ask buyers to pay more only where there are significant benefits in return. But all versions of the new Picanto produce less CO2 than before, so for the small but significant number of business users, benefit-in-kind taxation rates fall.

 

UK TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION    

1.0-litre petrol:

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3 / 12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 66 @ 5,500 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 96 @ 3,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa three-cylinder in-line, 12-valve DOHC with dual CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.909

 2.056

 1.269

 0.964

 0.774

 3.636

 4.235

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent CBTA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Front discs 256 x 20mm, solid rear discs 203 x 10mm with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 MDPS electric power-assisted, rack and pinion, 2.8 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Steel – 5.5J x 14-inch / Alloy – 5.5J x 14-inch

 Tyres

 175/65 R14

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,400

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 3,595 / 1,595 / 1,485

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 935 / 1,028

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 na/na

 Boot capacity (VDA)  min./max.

 litres

 255 /1,010

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 60

 Turning circle

 m

 9.4

 Tank capacity

 litres

 35

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 13.8

 Maximum speed

 mph

 100

 Fuel consumption urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 50.4 / 76.3 / 64.2

 CO2

 g/km

 101

 

1.25-litre petrol:

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,248

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 78.8

 Power output

 bhp

 83 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 122 @ 4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa four cylinder in-line, 16-valve, DOHC with dual CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Four-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.545

 1.895

 1.192

 0.906

 0.719

 3.636

 4.235

 2.919

 1.551

 1.000

 0.713

  –

 2.480

 4.587

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent CBTA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Front discs 256 x 20mm, solid rear discs 203 x 10mm with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 MDPS electric power-assisted, rack and pinion, 2.8 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloys -  5.5J x 14-inch / 6.0J x 15-inch / 6.5J x 16-inch

 Tyres

 175/65 R14 / 185/55 R15 / 195/45 R16

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,400

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 3,595 / 1,595 / 1,485

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 939 / 1,051

 959 / 1,058

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 na/na

 na / na

 Boot capacity (VDA)  min./max.

 litres

 255 / 1,010

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 60

 Turning circle

 m

 9.4

 Tank capacity

 litres

 35

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

Five-speed m/t

Four-speed a/t

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

11.6

13.2

 Maximum speed

 mph

107

100

 Fuel consumption urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

47.9 / 74.3 / 61.4

40.4 / 62.8 / 52.3

 CO2

 g/km

106

124

 

 

Ends 

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All-New Picanto MY18

UK TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION    

1.0-litre petrol:

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3 / 12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 66 @ 5,500 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 96 @ 3,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa three-cylinder in-line, 12-valve DOHC with dual CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.909

 2.056

 1.269

 0.964

 0.774

 3.636

 4.235

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent CBTA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Front discs 256 x 20mm, solid rear discs 203 x 10mm with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 MDPS electric power-assisted, rack and pinion, 2.8 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Steel – 5.5J x 14-inch / Alloy – 5.5J x 14-inch

 Tyres

 175/65 R14

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,400

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 3,595 / 1,595 / 1,485

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 935 / 1,028

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 na/na

 Boot capacity (VDA)  min./max.

 litres

 255 /1,010

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 60

 Turning circle

 m

 9.4

 Tank capacity

 litres

 35

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 13.8

 Maximum speed

 mph

 100

 Fuel consumption urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 50.4 / 76.3 / 64.2

 CO2

 g/km

 101

 

1.25-litre petrol:

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,248

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 78.8

 Power output

 bhp

 83 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 122 @ 4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa four cylinder in-line, 16-valve, DOHC with dual CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Four-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.545

 1.895

 1.192

 0.906

 0.719

 3.636

 4.235

 2.919

 1.551

 1.000

 0.713

  –

 2.480

 4.587

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent CBTA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Front discs 256 x 20mm, solid rear discs 203 x 10mm with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 MDPS electric power-assisted, rack and pinion, 2.8 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloys -  5.5J x 14-inch / 6.0J x 15-inch / 6.5J x 16-inch

 Tyres

 175/65 R14 / 185/55 R15 / 195/45 R16

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,400

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 3,595 / 1,595 / 1,485

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 939 / 1,051

 959 / 1,058

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 na/na

 na / na

 Boot capacity (VDA)  min./max.

 litres

 255 / 1,010

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 60

 Turning circle

 m

 9.4

 Tank capacity

 litres

 35

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

Five-speed m/t

Four-speed a/t

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

11.6

13.2

 Maximum speed

 mph

107

100

 Fuel consumption urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

47.9 / 74.3 / 61.4

40.4 / 62.8 / 52.3

 CO2

 g/km

106

124

GENERAL

All-New Picanto MY18

THE ALL-NEW KIA PICANTO
Short story

  • Third generation of Kia's stylish Picanto
  • More youthful and emotional design
  •   Up to 64.2mpg, with emissions as low as 101g/km 
  • Available with advanced driver aids and connectivity features
  • All-new platform makes extensive use of high-strength steel
  •   More passenger and luggage space with no increase in overall size  

The latest version of Kia's smallest car in the UK is more spacious and more practical than its predecessor while occupying not a millimetre more road space. It introduces major improvements in quality so that it can compete on an equal footing with the premium German models which have entered its market sector since the launch of the second-generation Picanto in 2011.

Advanced connectivity and driver assistance features now keep occupants fully in touch with the outside world while minimising the risk of accidents.

An all-new platform featuring twice as much high-strength steel as the previous Picanto boosts strength and safety and the range includes new ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants to add a level of sportiness to the Picanto line-up.

At launch there are modified versions of the 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre normally aspirated petrol engines from the previous Picanto, with lower fuel consumption and emissions. The all-new Picanto is capable of up to 64.2mpg, with CO2 as low as 101g/km.

In line with market demand, the Picanto is now available only as a five-door car. The former three-door variants have been discontinued.  

The Picanto and its market
The Picanto competes in the A-segment, or city car, sector of the UK and European car markets, one step down in size from traditional superminis. It is a sector which is shrinking in size with increasing customer demand for crossover-type models over conventional hatchbacks, yet it still represents huge business for Kia.

The segment accounts for more than one million sales a year in Western Europe, and the all-new Picanto is expected to take around 5.1 per cent of this, with sales of more than 60,000. In the UK, A-segment sales amount to around 130,000 a year and the Picanto has regularly been one of the top five best-selling models. The UK contributes almost a quarter of all-new Picanto sales in Europe. Around 60 per cent of buyers are women, and private buyers account for four out of every five customers.

In this area of the market, size matters. Customer research shows that city-car buyers do not want big cars, so Kia engineers and designers have ensured that the all-new Picanto is no larger than the previous model, while delivering greater space and practicality. Price, exterior design, value for money and equipment – areas in which Kia has traditionally been strong – are the prime motivators among customers. Kia confidently expects the more stylish, more spacious, sportier and more modern newcomer to increase its market share significantly in the next few years.

There are nine versions of the all-new Picanto on offer in the UK at launch, based on two engines, two transmissions and five trim lines – badged ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’. All will be five-door models, since three-door cars account for only 10 per cent of sales in the sector, and that share is diminishing.

More space and more style within the same compact footprint
The all-new Picanto is 3,595mm long and 1,595mm wide ­– exactly the same as the previous model. However, those figures do not reveal the ingenuity that has gone into the new car's packaging to improve passenger and luggage space. The all-new Picanto is 5mm taller than the previous model at 1,485mm, and has a 15mm longer wheelbase – now 2,400mm. The front overhang is shorter to give the car a squatter, sportier stance, while the rear overhang is longer to enhance the profile and create more luggage space, which goes up from 200 litres to a class-best 255 litres. This increases to 1,010 litres with the rear seats folded.

There is a lower waistline to make the cabin lighter and more airy, a slimmer dashboard to enhance space for the driver and front passenger, and lower seats placed further backwards in the cabin. There is more front head, leg and shoulder room than in the previous model, with largely unchanged space in the rear.

The changes in wheelbase and overhang dimensions have given the all-new Picanto a different character to its predecessor. Whereas the previous model was regarded by buyers as 'cute' and 'cheeky', the newcomer is sportier and more sophisticated. It has a more voluminous body which is simpler and modern. The design was a joint effort by Kia's studios in Germany and at Namyang in South Korea, where the car is sold under the 'Morning' name.

At the front there are wider grilles and air intakes flanked by multi-focus reflector or bi-function projection headlamp units, depending on model. The front foglamps, where fitted, are housed in separate side grilles or, on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models, within the main lower grille. Air curtains in the side grilles channel air away from the wheel arches and wheels to reduce turbulence and improve aerodynamics while adding a more dynamic appearance. There is a bolder, more assertive bumper, which is echoed at the rear. The top of the windscreen is castellated, as on the Sportage and other models

The black upper radiator grille with a silver paint or chrome surround is wider and slimmer than before, emphasising the Picanto's sportier appearance. At the sides, the waistline is lower and flatter, the window area has consequently been enlarged and the wheel arches are more emphatic. Wheels of between 14 and 16 inches in diameter fit snugly in their housings, there are body-colour or chromed door handles, black or chrome belt-line strips and black or body-coloured door mirrors, with integrated indicators on upper models. The wide rear roof pillar – a familiar Kia styling feature – is now more upright to accentuate the greater cabin space.

At the rear, C-shaped rear light clusters are retained, but these are now larger and feature added detail.

Inside, the all-new Picanto follows other recent new Kias with a horizontally structured dashboard split into display and control areas, separated by a satin chrome trim strip which emphasises the cabin's width and the car's strong, stable stance. Vertical ventilation outlets at the outer edges of the dashboard act as bookends for the instruments and display areas.

New materials and trim enhancements emphasise the significantly improved quality of the all-new Picanto. The seats are in smart black cloth, premium black cloth or black and red faux leather, depending on model; there are black, silver paint or satin chrome door handles; and leather trim adorns the steering wheel and gear-lever from grade ‘2’.   

‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ have larger front and rear bumpers and red highlights within the upper grille and side air intakes, along the side sills and in the lower rear bumper, which contains a diffuser section and twin exhaust tailpipes. They will also, uniquely, have the black and red faux leather upholstery, satin chrome interior door handles and stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts. 

The ‘GT-Line S’ and grade ‘3’ versions are distinguished by a 7-inch centre-mounted 'floating' touchscreen, giving access to the navigation, infotainment and connectivity systems, which include integration with Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom® and Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay® via apps pre-loaded onto a smartphone.

Two powerful petrol engines
In line with the majority of city cars, the all-new Picanto is available only with petrol engines because diesel engines add to the purchase price while offering few advantages in overall running costs.

Both engines available are from the Kappa family. There is a three-cylinder 66bhp 1.0-litre engine and a four-cylinder 83bhp 1.25. Both of these are multi-point injection (MPi) engines, now with reduced fuel consumption and emissions thanks to extensive re-engineering. The entry-level 1.0-litre engine, for example, is capable of 64.2mpg, with CO2 emissions of only 101g/km. Yet they provide lively performance for zipping around in urban traffic, with plenty in reserve for highway driving.  A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, but a four-speed automatic is optional with the 1.25 MPi engine.

All-new platform boosts driving dynamics and safety
The third-generation Picanto is built on Kia's all-new and immensely strong H platform, which boosts both driving dynamics and safety.

The amount of advanced high-strength steel in the body construction has doubled compared with the outgoing Picanto, from 22 per cent to 44 percent, making the all-new car's shell not only more robust but also 23 kilogrammes lighter. At the same time, the amount of structural adhesives bonding the body sections together has increased almost nine-fold, from 7.8 to 67 metres, to add further stiffness.

As a result, the all-new Picanto is 32 per cent better than its predecessor in torsional stiffness and 12 per cent better for tensile strength. A stiffer body benefits ride comfort and handling by allowing the suspension to do its work without having to compensate for flexing; helps to reduce noise, vibration and harshness; and provides a stronger, safer barrier in the event of impact.

The all-new Picanto, like its predecessor, has MacPherson strut front suspension, but now features a U-shaped torsion beam at the rear and revised trailing arms for improved handling with reduced weight. Steering column-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) with quickened responses reduces turning effort for parking and manoeuvring while providing a firm feel and good feedback at higher speeds. The ride and handling also benefit from measures to reduce cornering roll, while the longer wheelbase and shorter front overhang improve agility and shift the weight balance slightly rearwards. Re-packaging of the mechanical components lowers the centre of gravity, which further boosts responsiveness.

Driver and passenger well-being have also been improved by measures to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. These include greater use of foam, insulation pads and body strips, plus new engine mounts and revised, quieter heating and ventilation units. Even the windscreen wipers have been placed lower to reduce wind noise.

All models are available, either as standard or as an option, with Autonomous Emergency Braking, which can bring the car to a complete stop at speeds up to 50mph and to a partial stop at speeds over this figure. Fitted as standard are Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) help to counteract loss of traction and potential skids, while Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on uphill gradients.

Torque Vectoring is a first for Kia in the city-car class and a further aid to handling stability. Using the anti-lock brake and ESC sensors, it detects when the car is drifting off its intended course in corners and gently brakes the inside rear wheel if the front of the car is running wide, or the outer rear wheel if the rear tyres are starting to slide outwards. It is standard on all models.  

The all-new Picanto in the UK
Small cars do not have to be spartan cars. In fact, customers cite equipment levels among their chief considerations in deciding what to buy. The all-new Picanto will not disappoint.

Even the entry-level grade ‘1’ model features electric front windows, remote locking with a folding key, tinted windows, a radio with AUX and USB ports, a tilt-adjustable steering column, automatic headlight control, electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), 60:40 split folding rear seats and six airbags. Options include metallic paint and Automatic Emergency Braking.

From grade ‘2’, air conditioning, electric rear windows, electric heated door mirrors, Bluetooth with music streaming, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear-lever. There is a four-speaker rather than a two-speaker audio system, high-gloss black centre fascia trim, body-coloured door handles and side mirror housings, a chromed grille surround and 14-inch alloy wheels in place of steel rims.

Grade ‘3’ adds Autonomous Emergency Braking as standard, 15-inch alloy wheels, a supervision instrument cluster, front fog lights, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, a floor-mounted sliding centre armrest, automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, a 7-inch 'floating' central display unit with satellite navigation and full connectivity, Bluetooth with voice recognition, a DAB radio as part of a six-speaker audio system, a rear parking camera and sensors and chromed exterior door handles.

Distinguishing features on the ‘GT-Line’ model are 16-inch alloy wheels, sports front and rear bumpers and side sills, a dual exhaust, black and red faux leather seats, a supervision instrument cluster, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, satin chrome interior door handles, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, bi-function projection headlamp units, LED daytime running lamps and rear lights, a chrome beltline strip and stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts.

To this, ‘GT-Line S’ adds a wireless phone charger, an electric sunroof, heated front seats and steering wheel, a smart key and push-button engine start/stop, a 7-inch central display unit with satellite navigation and connected services, DAB radio, rear parking camera and sensors, a dual-height boot floor, luggage net and hooks and a driver's-side illuminated vanity mirror.

The best warranty in the business
In line with every Kia, the all-new Picanto comes with the best warranty in the business – seven years or 100,000 miles, including labour, subject to terms and conditions. The warranty is fully transferable to the next owner if the car is sold before the time or mileage limit expires. The all-new Picanto requires servicing every 10,000 miles or 12 months, and retail customers are able to benefit from low-cost Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages. These are also transferable. 

The all-new Picanto range: 

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

Picanto ‘1’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

66

96

13.8

100

64.2

101

Picanto ‘2’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

66

96

13.8

100

64.2

101

Picanto ‘2’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

Picanto ‘2’ 1.25 83bhp 4-speed auto  

83

122

13.2

100

52.3

124

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

66

96

13.8

100

64.2

101

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

Picanto ‘3’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

Picanto ‘3’ 1.25 83bhp 4-speed auto  

83

122

13.2

100

52.3

124

Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

 

AT A GLANCE  
An instant guide to our new city car

Exterior

  • Five-door, five-seat hatchback
  • Joint design by European and Korean studios
  • Same footprint as previous model (length 3,595mm, width 1,595mm) but 5mm taller with a 15mm longer wheelbase (2,400mm), shorter front overhang and larger rear overhang
  • Slimmer, wider false 'tiger nose' upper front grille
  • Larger lower grille/air intake now flared outwards at its bottom edge
  • Front fog lights, where fitted, housed in separate side grilles or in main grille on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’
  • Lower beltline creates a larger greenhouse and gives a better view out and a more airy cabin
  • Larger C-shaped rear light units
  • Two designs of front and rear bumpers, with a diffuser effect and twin exhausts for ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’
  • Red grille, side sill and rear diffuser trim for ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’
  • High-strength steel content doubled from 22 per cent to 44 per cent, allowing body weight to be reduced by 23 kilos
  • Almost nine times more (67 metres) structural adhesives used in body construction compared with previous Picanto
  • Steel or alloy wheels of 14, 15 or 16 inches in diameter
  • Front air curtains channel turbulent air away from wheel housings
  • Drag coefficient (Cd) 0.33

Interior

  • Greater front head, leg and shoulder room with largely unchanged space in the rear
  • Boot capacity up by 55 litres to a class-best 255 litres
  • Horizontally structured dash with upper display area and lower control area
  • 2.6-inch standard or supervision instrument cluster
  • All seats 10mm lower and moved 5mm towards rear
  • Slimmer crash pad with steering wheel raised by 15mm for greater front knee room
  • More premium interior through features such as satin chrome interior door handles, illuminated driver's vanity mirror, sliding adjustable front armrest and leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, depending on model
  • Black, premium black or black and red faux leather upholstery
  • Satin chrome interior door handles and stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts for ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’

Technical

  • Extensively re-engineered 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.25-litre four-cylinder Kappa petrol engines available
  • Improved fuel economy of up to 64.2mpg, with emissions now starting at a lower 101g/km
  • Five-speed manual gearbox standard, with four-speed auto optional with 1.25 MPi engine
  • Revised MacPherson strut front suspension with new lightweight U-shaped torsion beam and new trailing arms at the rear improve ride comfort and handling
  • Column-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering with quicker steering rack for easier parking and manoeuvring and firm, precise feel at higher speeds
  • Improved NVH through increased use of expandable foam, door strips and sound-deadening pads plus new-style engine mounts and a revised heating and ventilation system   

Technology

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking available for every model
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) standard across the range
  • Torque Vectoring available in Picanto for first time as a further aid to cornering stability
  • Wireless phone charger, heated seats and steering wheel, a smart key and push-button engine start/stop, 7-inch central 'floating' display unit with satellite navigation, digital radio, rear parking camera and sensors and dual-height boot floor available
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® navigation plus Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay® smartphone connectivity standard with grade ‘3’ and ‘GT-Line S’  

THE DESIGN STORY 
A simpler, more modern look with greater space 

Size matters when it comes to city cars like the Picanto. Buyers want space, versatility and practicality, but within a compact package that can be threaded through narrow and crowded urban streets and parked in the tightest of hard-to-find spaces.   

It was with this in mind that the teams at Kia's European design centre in Frankfurt and Namyang in South Korea began co-operating on the design and package of the all-new, third-generation Picanto. And the starting point was that it should not be a millimetre bigger than the car it replaces. The footprint of the new car is therefore exactly the same as that of the previous one – 3,595mm long and 1,595mm wide.   

However, those stark figures do not do justice to the ingenuity that has gone into the new car's design and packaging. Kia customer research revealed that buyers of the previous model wanted more of everything except overall size – more passenger and luggage space, more features and more quality. This enforced a complete rethink of the packaging of Kia's smallest European model. Thanks to the all-new H platform on which it is built, there is a 15mm longer wheelbase (2,400mm) without affecting overall length, and the front overhang has been reduced by 25mm while the rear overhang is 10mm greater to make space for a larger boot. The all-new Picanto is also 5mm taller than its predecessor.

Gregory Guillaume, Kia's Head of European Design, describes the new Picanto as "a small car that someone forgot to tell that it is small". 

It is more European, more spacious more sophisticated and more sporty – an important consideration with ‘GT Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions in the range for the first time.

Exterior
There is a simple elegance about the all-new Picanto and a complete absence of fussy extraneous detail. As a result, the all-new Picanto is more youthful and energetic in appearance. From the front it gives the false impression of being wider and more stable than the previous model thanks to the elongated and slimmer 'tiger-nose' false upper grille. This is in black with either silver paint or, from grade ‘2’ upwards, a chrome surround. It stretches outwards to meet the multi-function reflector or bi-function projection headlamp units. LED daytime running lights are standard on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

The lower grille/air intake of all models is larger, and is now widest at its lower edge, in complete contrast to that on the previous model.

Upright side grilles now house the front foglamps where fitted, and they are pushed as far outwards in the muscular bumper as is possible. The Kia badge has been relocated from the grille to just above it, and there are concealed windscreen wipers which help towards a drag co-efficient, or Cd, of 0.33 while reducing wind noise. Air curtains which channel air away from the wheel arches and wheels reduce turbulence and improve aerodynamics while adding a more dynamic appearance. The top of the windscreen is castellated, as on the Sportage. 

At the sides, the 'cute' and 'cheeky' appearance of the previous Picanto has been replaced by a more assertive and bold look, with a rich cubic effect and elegant horizontal lines along the side skirts and shoulder. The beltline is now straighter, and it is 5mm lower at the front and 14mm lower at the rear, enhancing the view out for all occupants while making the cabin more airy. The wide C-pillar – something of a distinguishing Kia feature – is more upright to accentuate the greater cabin space.   

There is a black or chrome beltline moulding and door handles, depending on model; tinted glass on every version; privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate of ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’; aerodynamic door mirrors; and wheels of 14, 15 or 16 inches in diameter – alloy on all but grade ‘1’.

The chunky appearance of the front bumper is echoed at the rear, and here, too, the fog lamp and reversing light have been pushed as far out to the car's extremities as is possible. C-shaped main light units – LED for ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ – are retained, but are more voluminous, with added detail to give a more high-tech image. As at the front, the overall effect is to exaggerate the car's width and stability. A roof spoiler aids aerodynamics and houses the high-level brake light. A subtle shark's-fin antenna replaces the previous aerial.

Interior
The longer wheelbase, higher roofline and new proportions have had a significant beneficial effect on the space within the all-new Picanto. Front head, leg and shoulder room have all been increased – by 3mm, 15mm and 10mm respectively – while rear space in all three directions has been largely maintained. There has also been a 55-litre increase in boot capacity, to a class-best 255 litres, while the loading height is now 55mm lower. Folding rear seats, split 60:40, are standard across the range, expanding the luggage area to a maximum 1,010 litres, the ‘GT-Line S’ has a two-level boot floor. 

Lots of small, detailed changes in the cabin design and layout further add to space and comfort. The seats are set 10mm lower than in the previous Picanto, and are 5mm further back. The door trims are more slender and the crash pad is slimmer, while the dashboard and steering wheel have been raised by 15mm and 10mm respectively, creating more knee space.

The dashboard, in common with other recent new Kias, is slim and wide to emphasise the cabin's width, and is split along horizontal lines into an upper display area and a lower control area. It is clean, modern and simple, with a satin chrome strip separating the two principal areas.

The significantly improved quality of the all-new Picanto – perceived and actual – is evident in the fit and finish and the choice of materials. The instruments appear in 2.6-inch monochrome or supervision monochrome display. Depending on model, there is black cloth or premium black cloth upholstery. A leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter appears from grade ‘2’ and there are black, silver paint or satin chrome door handles. 

Comfort has been considerably improved by new seats based on those in Kia models two or three classes up. Where the seats in many city cars have one-piece backrests with integrated headrests, those in the all-new Picanto feature fully-adjustable active headrests. The new seats share the same base materials and construction as those in the latest Optima. In the rear, the backrest angle is more reclined – from 25 to 27 degrees – and there are more prominent side bolsters. All of this makes for a more comfortable and relaxing ride on longer journeys.

In-car practicality has not been overlooked, either. There is more storage space which includes, at the base of the centre console, an open double-shelf tray to store mobile devices and other small items, with retractable twin cupholders. The new central armrest for front passengers, which is standard in grades ‘3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’, is a first in class and slides fore and aft by up to 55 mm. It covers a small storage compartment designed to accommodate a one-litre water bottle or a sunglasses case. The ‘GT-Line S’ also has a tray for wireless charging of mobile devices.

GT-Line and GT-Line S
The ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ have a number of distinguishing features to emphasise their role as the sportiest models in the range. The most obvious of these from the outside are the sports front and rear bumpers and side sill mouldings, with red trim highlights. The upper grille and lower side grilles also feature red detailing. The lower rear bumper contains a diffuser section and twin exhaust tailpipes.

There are 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/45 R16 tyres, chrome exterior handles, chrome side window trims, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, bi-function projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights and rear lights and front fog lights in the corners of the main lower grille/air intake rather than in the side intakes.     

Inside, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ have black and red faux leather upholstery and stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts.  There are satin chrome door handles and, for the ‘GT-Line S’, a heated steering wheel and front seats. 

The ‘GT-Line S’, along with grade ‘3’ versions, also has a 7-inch central 'floating' touchscreen, giving access to the navigation, infotainment and connectivity systems, which include integration with Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom®, DAB radio, Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay® connectivity via apps pre-loaded onto a smartphone. In all other models the audio details are displayed on a 3.8-inch monochrome unit.

 

RANGE FINDER             
Five trim levels including sporty new ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’

The Picanto may be the entry-level model to the world of Kia, but that does not mean it is a poor relation. Depending on model, it offers many of the luxuries found in larger Kias, and is available with the latest connectivity features and advanced driver assistance systems. And, for the first time, there are sporty versions in the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.  

Even the entry-level grade ‘1’ model features electric front windows, remote locking with a folding key, tinted windows, a radio with AUX and USB ports, a tilt-adjustable steering column, automatic headlight control, stability control (ESC), stability management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), 60:40 split folding rear seats and six airbags. Options include Automatic Emergency Braking.

From grade ‘2’, air conditioning, electric rear windows, electric heated door mirrors, Bluetooth with music streaming, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear-lever become standard. There is a four-speaker rather than a two-speaker audio system, high-gloss black centre fascia trim, rear disc brakes instead of drum brakes, body-coloured door handles and side mirror housings, a chromed grille surround and 14-inch alloy wheels in place of steel rims.

Grade ‘3’ adds Automatic Emergency Braking as standard, 15-inch alloy wheels, a supervision instrument cluster, front fog lights, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, a floor-mounted sliding centre armrest, automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, a 7-inch 'floating' central display unit with satellite navigation and full connectivity, a digital radio as part of a six-speaker audio system, a rear parking camera and sensors, front fog lights and chromed exterior door handles.

Distinguishing features on the ‘GT-Line’ model are 16-inch alloy wheels, Autonomous Emergency Braking, sports front and rear bumpers and side sills, a dual exhaust, black and red faux leather seats, a supervision instrument cluster, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, satin chrome exterior door handles, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, projection headlamp units, LED daytime running lamps and rear lights, a chrome beltline strip and aluminium pedals with non-slip rubber inserts.

To this, ‘GT-Line S’ adds a wireless phone charger, a sunroof, heated seats and steering wheel, a smart key and push-button engine start/stop, a 7-inch central display unit with satellite navigation and connected services, DAB radio, rear parking camera and sensors, a dual-height boot floor, luggage net and hooks and a driver's-side illuminated vanity mirror.

Connectivity and advanced driver aids
The 7-inch 'floating' touchscreen in ‘GT-Line S’ and grade ‘3’ gives access to a full suite of connectivity functions, including Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®. Once paired with a smartphone, occupants can play music, send and receive text messages and make phone calls using voice commands. The full-colour display can also supply real-time traffic information and weather reports, local point of interest information and speed camera locations through Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom®. The system includes full satellite navigation and is linked to a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines to help the driver follow the perfect parking course.

Autonomous Emergency Braking is standard from grade ‘3’ and optional on grades ‘1’ and ‘2’. Using a combination of camera and radar, it provides full braking between 5mph and 50mph and partial braking with a driver alert at up to 112mph. As a result, many potential collisions – with both vehicles and pedestrians – can be avoided, while the severity of others may be considerably reduced.

Specification

EXTERIOR DESIGN & LIGHTING

‘1’

‘2’

‘3’

‘GT-Line’

‘GT-Line S’

14" Steel Wheels with Cover (175/65 R14)

P

-

-

-

-

14" Alloy Wheels (175/65 R14)

-

P

-

-

-

15" Alloy Wheels (185/55 R15)

-

-

P

-

-

16” Alloy Wheels (195/45 r16)

-

-

-

P

P

Body Coloured Bumpers

s

s

s

s

s

Body Coloured Mirrors and Exterior Handles

-

P

-

P

-

Body Coloured Mirrors and Chrome Exterior Handles

-

-

P

-

P

Sports Front & Rear Bumpers with Twin Exhaust

-

-

-

P

P

Black Radiator Grille with Silver Paint Surround

P

-

-

-

-

Black Radiator Grille with Chrome Surround

-

P

P

P

P

Body Coloured Side Sill Mouldings

-

-

-

P

P

Chrome Side Window Trim

-

-

-

P

P

Tinted Glass

s

s

s

s

s

Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

-

-

-

P

P

MFR (Multi-Function Reflector) Headlights with Black Bezel

P

P

P

-

-

Bi-Function Projection Headlights

-

-

-

P

P

Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

s

s

s

s

s

Headlight Levelling Device

s

s

s

s

s

Automatic Headlight Control

s

s

s

s

s

Front Fog Lights

-

-

P

P

P

Rear Fog Light

s

s

s

s

s

LED Rear Lights

-

-

-

P

P

High-mounted Brake Light

s

s

s

s

s

Speed Variable Front Wipers

s

s

s

s

s

Rear Wiper/Washer

s

s

s

s

s

Heated Rear Window

s

s

s

s

s

Manually Adjustable Door Mirrors

P

-

-

-

-

Electrically Adjustable Heated Door Mirrors

-

P

-

-

-

Electrically Folding, Adjustable & Heated Door Mirrors with LED Indicator Lights

-

-

P

P

P

Electric Sunroof

-

-

-

-

P

Standard Paint  

s

s

s

s

s

Optional Paint

OPT

OPT

OPT

OPT

OPT

Premium Paint

OPT

OPT

Opt

OPT

OPT

INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

 

 

 

 

Black Cloth Upholstery

P

-

-

-

-

Premium Black Cloth Upholstery

-

P

P

-

-

Black and Red Faux Leather Upholstery

-

-

-

P

P

Sliding & Reclining Front Seats

s

s

s

s

s

Heated Front Seats

-

-

-

-

P

Heated Steering Wheel

-

-

-

-

P

Tilt Steering Wheel Adjustment

s

s

s

s

s

Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel and Gearshift

-

P

P

P

P

Black Interior Door Handles

P

-

-

-

-

Silver Paint Finished Interior Door Handles

-

P

P

-

-

Satin Chrome Interior Door Handles

-

-

-

P

P

High Gloss Centre Fascia Trim

-

P

P

P

P

Air Conditioning

-

P

-

P

-

Automatic Air Conditioning

-

-

P

-

P

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

-

P

P

P

P

Front Electric Windows

P

-

-

-

-

Front & Rear Electric Windows with Driver’s Auto Up/Down Function

-

P

P

P

P

Remote Central Door Locking & Fold-away Key

P

P

P

P

-

Smart Key with Engine Start Button

-

-

-

-

P

Stainless Steel Pedals

-

-

-

P

P

Cruise Control and Speed Limiter

-

-

P

-

P

STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

 

60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats

s

s

s

s

s

3 x Passenger Assist Grips

s

s

s

s

s

1 x Coat Hooks (Rear)

s

s

s

s

s

Front 12V Power Socket

s

s

s

s

s

Glovebox

s

s

s

s

s

Front Passenger Seatback Pocket

s

s

s

s

s

Centre Console with Storage Box and Sliding Armrest

-

-

P

P

P

Centre Console Cupholders

s

s

s

s

s

Front Cabin Light

s

s

s

s

s

Driver & Passenger Sunvisors with Vanity Mirror

P

P

P

P

P

Drive & Passenger Sunvisors with Vanity Mirror (Illuminated Driver’s Side)

-

-

-

-

P

Tyre Repair Kit

s

s

s

s

s

Dual Height Luggage Area Floor

-

-

-

-

P

Luggage Net & Hooks

-

-

-

-

P

Luggage Area Light

s

s

s

s

s

Luggage Area Parcel Shelf

s

s

s

s

s

AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

         

2-speaker audio System

P

-

-

-

-

4-speaker audio System

-

P

-

-

-

6-speaker audio System

-

-

P

P

P

3.8” Monochrome Audio display with RDS

P

P

-

P

-

7” Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with RDS & DAB

-

-

P

-

P

Kia Connected Services Featuring TomTom® (traffic, speed cameras, local search & weather updates)**

-

-

P

-

P

Apple CarPlay™& Android Auto™**

-

-

P

-

P

Reversing Camera System with Dynamic Guidelines (integrated into Centre Fascia Screen)

-

-

P

-

P

Bluetooth® with Music Streaming**

-

P

-

P

-

Bluetooth® with Voice Recognition and Music Streaming**

-

-

P

-

P

Wireless Mobile Phone Charger**

-

-

-

-

P

2.6” Monochrome Cluster Display

P

P

-

-

-

2.6” Supervision Monochrome Cluster Display

OPT1

OPT1

P

P

P

USB & AUX Ports for Connection of a Media Device

s

s

s

s

s

Rear Parking Sensors*

-

-

P

-

P

Tachometer

s

s

s

s

s

Trip Computer (Distance to Empty, Ave. Fuel Consumption, Instant Fuel Consumption, Average Speed, Trip Mileage & Journey Time Elapsed)

s

s

s

s

s

External Temperature Display

s

s

s

s

s

ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

 

 

 

 

ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake-Assist System (BAS)

s

s

s

s

s

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

s

s

s

s

s

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)

OPT1

OPT1

s

s

s

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

s

s

s

s

s

Emergency Stop Signalling

s

s

s

s

s

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

s

s

s

s

s

Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

s

s

s

s

s

PASSIVE SAFETY

         

Twin Front Airbags

s

s

s

s

s

Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

s

s

s

s

s

Twin Side Airbags (Front)

s

s

s

s

s

Twin Curtain Airbags

s

s

s

s

s

Side Impact Protection System

s

s

s

s

s

All-round Height Adjustable Headrests

s

s

s

s

s

All-round 3-Point Seatbelts

s

s

s

s

s

Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters

-

s

s

s

s

Front Seatbelt Pre-tensioners & Load-limiters

s

s

s

s

s

Seatbelt Reminder Warning

s

s

s

s

s

ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings

s

s

s

s

s

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

s

s

s

s

s

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

s

s

s

s

s

SECURITY

         

Anti-Theft Alarm System

s

s

s

s

s

Engine Immobiliser

s

s

s

s

s

Locking Wheel Nuts

s

s

s

s

s

Visible Vehicle Identification No. (VIN)

s

s

s

s

s

Child Safety Rear Door Locks

s

s

s

s

s

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking (Dealer-activated Feature)

OPT1

OPT1

s

s

s

*Parking Sensors may not match exterior body colour

**Check with your dealer for mobile phone capability

1 Advanced Driving Assistance Pack (ADAP) comprises of AEB and Supervision Cluster. Subject to order.

 

THE TECHNICAL STORY    
Two engines available

The two engines offered are the modified 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre multi-point injection (MPi) petrol engines which, both from the Kappa family. As with the vast majority of city cars, there is no diesel because any savings in running costs would not be sufficient to compensate for the higher purchase price.

A major re-engineering programme has reduced the fuel consumption and emissions of the MPi engines, which are now as low as 64.2mpg and 101g/km. Five-speed manual gearboxes are standard, but a four-speed automatic is available with the 1.2-litre engine.

There has been extensive work to enhance comfort and driver enjoyment through revisions to the suspension and steering. The Picanto relies on independent MacPherson struts at the front and a new, lightweight U-shaped torsion beam axle and new trailing arms at the rear. The improvement in ride and handling also benefits from the stiffer all-new platform and body as well as a quicker rack for the column-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS).

Refinement has been dramatically improved through detailed work on the aerodynamics, body structure, insulation and soundproofing, and is now best in class.

The 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre multi-point injection engines
At launch, the two petrol engines available in the all-new Picanto are a three-cylinder 998cc unit and a four-cylinder with a displacement of 1,248cc. Both are from the Kappa family and have the same 71mm cylinder bore, but the four-cylinder version has a shorter piston stroke – 78.8mm against 84mm. Both have four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing on the inlet and exhaust sides and multi-point fuel injection for highly efficient combustion with strong performance across a wide rev range.

They have a common 10.5:1 compression ratio, a cast aluminium block, low-friction beehive valve springs, an offset crankshaft and a maintenance-free long-life timing chain.

Both have been extensively modified to improve performance, fuel economy and emissions. Upgrades include a new exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head and a new cooling system with shut-off valve, reducing the time it takes the engine to warm-up from a cold start. A new two-stage oil pump reduces mechanical friction. For the 1.0-litre unit, a new auto tensioner reduces belt noise, and cooled exhaust gas recirculation minimises pumping losses and knocking while bringing about a two per cent fuel saving. The 1.25-litre unit now features a revised dual continuously-variable valve timing system and new coated piston rings to reduce cylinder friction for greater efficiency, as well as an auto tensioner on the belt and a piston cooling jet.

The 1.0-litre 12-valve unit develops 66bhp at a now-reduced 5,500rpm and 96Nm of torque at 3,500rpm, giving the car a 101mph top speed and sprightly 0-60mph acceleration in 13.8 seconds with immediate responses that befit a primarily urban car. Of equal interest to budget-conscious buyers is its excellent combined economy of 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions of only 101g/km. The spread of torque, acceleration and highway performance have all improved compared with the previous Picanto, but at the same time there has been a 1.4mpg improvement in overall economy and a 4g/km reduction in CO2 emissions. It is worth noting that the urban driving economy potential of the 1.0-litre Picanto is more than 50mpg.  

The 1.25-litre 16-valve Kappa engine develops 83bhp at 6,000rpm and 122Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It is allied to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. The manual has a top speed of 107mph and a 0-60mph acceleration time of 11.6 seconds. Combined fuel economy is 61.4mpg, while the CO2 emissions are 106g/km. As with the 1.0-litre engine, this represents small but nevertheless significant gains of 1.3mpg and 3g/km.

With automatic transmission the Picanto averages 52.3mpg (a 1.9mpg improvement) in the official combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 124g/km (down by 6g/km), while the respective top speed is 101mph, with 0-60mph acceleration in 13.2 seconds.

The improved torque characteristics of both engines has allowed Kia engineers to employ higher gearing, which promotes greater fuel economy while reducing noise at cruising speeds.

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

Picanto ‘1’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

66

96

13.8

100

64.2

101

Picanto ‘2’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

66

96

13.8

100

64.2

101

Picanto ‘2’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

Picanto ‘2’ 1.25 83bhp 4-speed auto  

83

122

13.2

100

52.3

124

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

66

96

13.8

100

64.2

101

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

Picanto ‘3’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

Picanto ‘3’ 1.25 83bhp 4-speed auto  

83

122

13.2

100

52.3

124

Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual

83

122

11.6

107

61.4

106

 

Greater driver satisfaction and improved passenger comfort
The all-new Picanto, like its predecessor, is based upon a suspension system which features independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear, with column-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering, but there have been extensive revisions to deliver greater driver satisfaction, quicker responses and a more comfortable ride.

The changes start with the all-new H platform which underpins the third-generation Picanto and the revised proportions and weight distribution of the car. The new H platform features twice as much high-strength steel as in the previous model – up from 22 per cent to 44 percent – making the all-new car's shell not only more robust but also 23 kilogrammes lighter. At the same time the amount of structural adhesive bonding the body sections together has increased almost nine-fold, from 7.8 to 67 metres, to add further stiffness.

As a result, the all-new Picanto is 32 per cent better than its predecessor in static torsional stiffness and 12 per cent better for tensile strength. A stiffer body benefits ride comfort and handling by allowing the suspension to do its work without having to compensate for flexing; helps to reduce noise, vibration and harshness; and provides a stronger, safer barrier in the event of impact.

The longer wheelbase, shorter front overhang, larger rear overhang and seats which are 10mm lower and 5mm further back have created a slightly more rear-biased weight distribution, while the small-capacity engines minimise weight over the nose and add to the car's agility. The relocation of mechanical parts because of the shorter front overhang also lowers the centre of gravity, which further aids agility.

Kia engineers have built upon the sharp handling responses and comfortable ride of the previous Picanto to provide even greater stability and quicker steering reactions, something which is especially helpful in confined city streets and when parking, with an even more comfortable ride.

The MacPherson strut front suspension has revised geometry which reduces friction and ensures that the forces from the wheels are now more in line with the dampers. The anti-roll bar is now two per cent stiffer and mounted slightly lower, while that at the rear is five per cent stiffer. This has reduced the angle of cornering roll by up to one degree which, along with the shorter front overhang, improves steering responsiveness.

The slightly more rearward weight bias naturally reduces the pitch centre of the car and nose dive when braking, improving ride comfort without the need for firmer spring and damper settings. The extended wheelbase also adds to ride comfort.

The rear torsion beam is now U-shaped and features new trailing arms which reduce unsprung weight by 1.8kg on the rear axle, with no loss of component rigidity. As at the front, there are measures to reduce friction and maximise damping.

The steering rack for the MDPS system is now mounted lower and is 13 per cent quicker, requiring just 2.8 turns between the extremes of lock instead of the previous 3.4. Along with the shorter front overhang, this considerably improves responsiveness and agility in tight manoeuvres and when parking. The all-new Picanto has a tight turning circle of just 9.4 metres.

Wheels of 14, 15 or 16 inches in diameter (steel on grade ‘1’ models; alloy on all others) are fitted, with 175/65 R14, 185/55 R15 or 195/45 R16 tyres. All models have a tyre repair kit in place of a spare wheel.   

Anything for a quiet life with comprehensive new NVH counter-measures
Besides being the most engaging small car to drive that Kia has ever produced, the all-new Picanto is also the quietest and most refined.

It features a comprehensive package of new NVH counter-measures to shut out mechanical road and wind noise. The all-new Picanto is now the quietest car in class, both when idling (39 decibels) and at a steady cruise (68 decibels). 

Additional refinement measures include a new soundproofing panel beneath the dashboard and in the floor of the cabin, expandable sound-absorbent foam in the lower sections of the A- and B-pillars and a new sound-absorbent engine cover and reshaped air intake to isolate engine noise from the cabin. The structure of the engine mounts has been revised to counteract vibrations and there is an improved heating and ventilation radiator which is quieter than that in the previous model.  Even the windscreen wipers play a part: they are now 6 mm lower to reduce the level of wind noise at the base of the windscreen.

Wind turbulence has also been reduced by the air curtains ahead of the front wheels, which reduce the vortex around the tyres, and by the rear roof spoiler.

The best of active and passive safety
The ultra-stiff body shell of the all-new Picanto, composed of 44 per cent advanced high-strength steels versus 22 per cent in the previous model, has beneficial effects beyond handling and comfort. It provides a greater barrier against injury in the event of an accident.

The chassis of the new car has carefully designed longitudinal and lateral load paths and greater torsional and bending rigidity than the model it replaces. Structural improvements include the application of almost nine times more adhesives (now 67 metres) to bond the body together. Advanced high-strength steels reinforce all major chassis parts. The new, stronger steel has been used to strengthen the floor pan, roof rails and engine bay, as well as the A- and B-pillars, creating a stronger core structure.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which work together to stabilise the car on slippery road surfaces or when simultaneously cornering and braking, are now joined by a new feature – torque vectoring. This is a first for Kia in the city-car class and a further aid to handling stability. Using the anti-lock brake and ESC sensors, it detects when the car is drifting off its intended course in corners and brakes the inside rear wheel if the front of the car is running wide or the outer rear wheel if the rear tyres are starting to slide. It is standard on all models.  

All versions also have Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.

There are six airbags, with pre-tensioners and load limiters front and rear to brace occupants in their seats in extreme braking, and to prevent injury to chests. A visual and audible seat belt reminder warning is fitted, and there are ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.    

 

TECHNOLOGY   
Advanced driver aids and connectivity system now offered

Kia's policy is to make the latest safety and communications technologies available to buyers at every level where they can be done so affordably. With this in mind, every version of the all-new Picanto is available with Autonomous Emergency Braking as part of Kia's advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and it is standard from grade ‘3’. The new Picanto is also the first small Kia to feature torque vectoring while, in an increasingly connected world, a Kia Connected Services package powered by TomTom® and featuring Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration is standard with the grade ‘3’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition takes data from radar and a camera to detect sudden and potentially dangerous braking by a vehicle ahead, and activates the brakes. At speeds between 5mph and 50mph the Picanto will come to a complete stop, avoiding many potential collisions and minimising the consequences of others. It is also able to detect pedestrians who wander into its path, and apply the brakes in the same way. Visual and audible alerts warn the driver of imminent danger so that manual intervention is possible before the car starts to brake automatically. At up to 112mph, partial autonomous braking comes into play to reduce the severity of, or completely prevent, collisions.    

Torque Vectoring is a first for Kia in the city-car class and a further aid to handling stability. Using the anti-lock brake and ESC sensors, it detects when the car is drifting off its intended course in corners and brakes the inside rear wheel if the front of the car is running wide or the outer rear wheel if the rear tyres are starting to slide. It is standard on all models.  

Kia Connected Services with TomTom are accessed through a 7-inch 'floating' touchscreen navigation system. The information available to drivers includes live traffic updates, weather reports, speed camera locations and local point-of-interest searches.

Android Auto is available when paired with Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, while Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer versions of the Apple handset. Both allow occupants to connect to various apps and functions, including voice-guided, hands-free calls and texts. Android Auto gives access to Google maps navigation and Google Play music, while Apple CarPlay links to pre-loaded maps, music, podcasts, texts and messages and audiobooks, all through Siri voice control.

RUNNING COSTS       
Value for money doesn't stop with the purchase price

The Picanto is Kia's smallest and least expensive car in the UK, and value for money is one of the key factors in its increasing sales success. With Kia, value for money does not end with the extensive standard equipment and competitive pricing: it also encompasses every aspect of ownership, including daily running costs, money-saving servicing packages and measures to ensure cars are easy to repair to keep down insurance rates.    

Both engines are small-capacity units which are sparing with fuel, and the two MPi units have been extensively re-engineered to make them even more so: economy is up to 64.2mpg. For the relatively small but highly important number of business users, emissions are also low to minimise company car taxation. CO2 now starts at just 101g/km for the 1.0-litre MPi engine.

Most owners should need to take the car in for routine maintenance only once a year and there are three- and five-year servicing packages for retail customers, who make up more than 80 per cent of the customer base. Meanwhile, the tough new platform and body has been designed with ease of repair in mind to minimise insurance costs.

Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and taxation 2017-18

Engine

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

BIK band

Road fund licence year 1/year 2

  1.0

64.2

101

19%

£140 / £140

  1.25

61.4

106

20%

£140 / £140

  1.25 auto

52.3

124

23%

£160 / £140

 

All-inclusive servicing
Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes sooner, and retail customers are able to take advantage of the Care-3 and Care-3 Plus packages, which cover the first three or five services for a low fixed price. All labour and routine replacement parts and fluids are included. Work is carried out by trained product technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. Like the seven-year warranty, the servicing packages stay with the car, so are fully transferable to another customer.

Insurance groups:

Model

Group (1-50)

Picanto ‘1’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

4

Picanto ‘2’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

5

Picanto ‘2’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

8

Picanto ‘2’ 1.25 83bhp 4-speed auto  

8

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual  

6

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

9

Picanto ‘3’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual  

9

Picanto ‘3’ 1.25 83bhp 4-speed auto  

9

Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual

10

 

Warranty and support
Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year warranty.  That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000. 

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty plus one-year Europe-wide roadside assistance through KiaAssist.

 

MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT  
Built in Seosan in a joint venture factory

The Picanto is built under a joint-venture arrangement with Donghee Auto Company at a highly modern factory in Seosan, a few kilometres from Kia’s Hwasung plant.

Donghee also makes the Kia Ray, a small hatchback for sale in the Korean domestic market only. The factory produces a total of 230,000 vehicles a year, of which 90,000 are exported. Originally, DAC was a parts supplier providing suspension, sunroofs and fuel tanks to Kia. DAC decided to diversify into contract manufacturing in 2001, and in 2004, when Kia needed more production capacity in Korea, it took on building the Picanto.

Constant efforts are being made to minimise the plant's effect on the environment. There have been major initiatives to increase recycling, reduce the amount of pollutants and waste in the production process, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cut air pollution through more eco-friendly production systems. Energy-saving measures have also been introduced and Seosan has a target of zero landfill scrap disposal.

Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in all its production facilities around the globe. The last few years have seen significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes. Across all Kia facilities, new technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Things we think you'll want to know

  1. How does the Picanto fit in with Kia's overall marketing strategy in the UK?
  2. It is an extremely important car for us, and could be responsible for almost one in six of our UK sales. In fact the UK delivers close to a quarter of all European Picanto sales. Although the city-car market is shrinking – some forecasters believe that by the end of 2018 it will have been reduced by 20 per cent based on 2015 figures –we expect the all-new Picanto to increase its market share in both the UK and mainland Europe. Retail customers represent just over 60 per cent of all city-car buyers, but with Picanto the proportion is 82 per cent, so it is a vitally important car for us in attracting private buyers.

 

  1. Won't your ambitions be hampered by the discontinuation of three-door models?
  2. Only by a tiny number, if at all. Three-door city cars are increasingly falling out of favour with buyers in this sector and now account for only 10 per cent of sales, a figure which continues to fall. It is not worth the cost of additional tooling at the factory to produce different body sides and doors for such a small number of sales.

 

  1. Which models do you expect to be the most popular?
  2. Grade ‘2’ versions will be the biggest sellers, and will be the choice of around 45 per cent of buyers, but we are predicting large demand for the new GT-Line and forecast that this could be responsible for around 30 per cent of Picanto sales. We think the most popular engine will be the 1.0-litre MPi.

 

  1. The new body is 23kg lighter than that of the old car, but overall weight has hardly changed. How come?
  2. Three words: refinement, connectivity and safety. City-car buyers, many of whom are downsizing from something larger, demand the levels of refinement they are used to, so there is a far greater degree of soundproofing materials in the new Picanto. Connectivity systems also add to weight, as do the cameras and radar systems needed for the Autonomous Emergency Braking feature. So, overall, the weight is little changed, but the new Picanto is much lighter than if we had continued with conventional and less-safe steels. Every model still weighs less than 1,000kg.

 

  1. What about future variants – an electric Picanto, or a GT?
  2. There are no plans to produce an electric Picanto, or hybrid versions, because we believe we are well covered in the small-car alternative powertrain market by the Soul EV until there is a more mature recharging infrastructure. A GT is perfectly feasible - we have a 118bhp version of the T-GDi engine which would slot easily into the Picanto – but 75 per cent of all city-car sales go to models with engines of 75bhp or less. As always, there has to be demand and a strong business case for any additional versions.

 

  1. It appears that the new Picanto does not have ISG, your engine stop/start system. Why?
  2. The system under which UK car buyers pay road tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty, changes for 2017-18 so that the Government can claw back some of the money it was losing as cars became more fuel efficient. As a result, fuel consumption for the all-new Picanto would have been only marginally better by fitting ISG, while the cost of the car would have been considerably higher. Kia's policy is to ask buyers to pay more only where there are significant benefits in return. But all versions of the new Picanto produce less CO2 than before, so for the small but significant number of business users, benefit-in-kind taxation rates fall.

 

UK TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION    

1.0-litre petrol:

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3 / 12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 66 @ 5,500 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 96 @ 3,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa three-cylinder in-line, 12-valve DOHC with dual CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.909

 2.056

 1.269

 0.964

 0.774

 3.636

 4.235

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent CBTA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Front discs 256 x 20mm, solid rear discs 203 x 10mm with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 MDPS electric power-assisted, rack and pinion, 2.8 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Steel – 5.5J x 14-inch / Alloy – 5.5J x 14-inch

 Tyres

 175/65 R14

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,400

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 3,595 / 1,595 / 1,485

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 935 / 1,028

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 na/na

 Boot capacity (VDA)  min./max.

 litres

 255 /1,010

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 60

 Turning circle

 m

 9.4

 Tank capacity

 litres

 35

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 13.8

 Maximum speed

 mph

 100

 Fuel consumption urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 50.4 / 76.3 / 64.2

 CO2

 g/km

 101

 

1.25-litre petrol:

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,248

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 78.8

 Power output

 bhp

 83 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 122 @ 4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa four cylinder in-line, 16-valve, DOHC with dual CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Four-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.545

 1.895

 1.192

 0.906

 0.719

 3.636

 4.235

 2.919

 1.551

 1.000

 0.713

  –

 2.480

 4.587

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent CBTA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Front discs 256 x 20mm, solid rear discs 203 x 10mm with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 MDPS electric power-assisted, rack and pinion, 2.8 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloys -  5.5J x 14-inch / 6.0J x 15-inch / 6.5J x 16-inch

 Tyres

 175/65 R14 / 185/55 R15 / 195/45 R16

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,400

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 3,595 / 1,595 / 1,485

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 939 / 1,051

 959 / 1,058

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 na/na

 na / na

 Boot capacity (VDA)  min./max.

 litres

 255 / 1,010

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 60

 Turning circle

 m

 9.4

 Tank capacity

 litres

 35

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

Five-speed m/t

Four-speed a/t

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

11.6

13.2

 Maximum speed

 mph

107

100

 Fuel consumption urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

47.9 / 74.3 / 61.4

40.4 / 62.8 / 52.3

 CO2

 g/km

106

124

 

 

Ends 

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Senior Press Officer

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Press Officer (Events)

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

All-New Picanto MY18

UK TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION    

1.0-litre petrol:

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3 / 12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 66 @ 5,500 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 96 @ 3,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa three-cylinder in-line, 12-valve DOHC with dual CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.909

 2.056

 1.269

 0.964

 0.774

 3.636

 4.235

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent CBTA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Front discs 256 x 20mm, solid rear discs 203 x 10mm with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 MDPS electric power-assisted, rack and pinion, 2.8 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Steel – 5.5J x 14-inch / Alloy – 5.5J x 14-inch

 Tyres

 175/65 R14

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,400

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 3,595 / 1,595 / 1,485

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 935 / 1,028

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 na/na

 Boot capacity (VDA)  min./max.

 litres

 255 /1,010

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 60

 Turning circle

 m

 9.4

 Tank capacity

 litres

 35

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 13.8

 Maximum speed

 mph

 100

 Fuel consumption urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 50.4 / 76.3 / 64.2

 CO2

 g/km

 101

 

1.25-litre petrol:

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,248

 Bore x stroke

 mm

 71 x 78.8

 Power output

 bhp

 83 @ 6,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 122 @ 4,000 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Kappa four cylinder in-line, 16-valve, DOHC with dual CVVT

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Five-speed manual

 Four-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.545

 1.895

 1.192

 0.906

 0.719

 3.636

 4.235

 2.919

 1.551

 1.000

 0.713

  –

 2.480

 4.587

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent subframe mounted MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Semi-independent CBTA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers

 Braking system

 Front discs 256 x 20mm, solid rear discs 203 x 10mm with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 MDPS electric power-assisted, rack and pinion, 2.8 turns lock-lock

 Wheels

 Alloys -  5.5J x 14-inch / 6.0J x 15-inch / 6.5J x 16-inch

 Tyres

 175/65 R14 / 185/55 R15 / 195/45 R16

 Spare wheel

 Instant mobility (tyre inflation) system

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,400

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 3,595 / 1,595 / 1,485

 Kerb weight min./max.

 kg

 939 / 1,051

 959 / 1,058

 Tow weights - braked/unbraked

 kg

 na/na

 na / na

 Boot capacity (VDA)  min./max.

 litres

 255 / 1,010

 Roof load capacity

 kg

 60

 Turning circle

 m

 9.4

 Tank capacity

 litres

 35

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

Five-speed m/t

Four-speed a/t

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

11.6

13.2

 Maximum speed

 mph

107

100

 Fuel consumption urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

47.9 / 74.3 / 61.4

40.4 / 62.8 / 52.3

 CO2

 g/km

106

124



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