Kia's baby grows up

Tuesday, 8 November 2005

Kia's baby of the range, the Picanto has matured into the SE+ and comes with a 1.1-litre engine, leather upholstery, chrome grille and five seats but keeps its childlike price tag of just £7,595.

Picanto has become popular for its cheeky look, practicality and the value provided by its five doors for the price of three.  The SE+ builds on Picanto's existing internal style by offering leather and cloth seat trim with a 60:40 split in the rear and leather steering wheel and gear knob.  It's not just the inside that counts though, Picanto looks fantastic from the outside too with 14 inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps and chrome grille.

The SE+ shares the same high level of specification found in its sister model the LX, with air conditioning, remote central door locking, perimeter alarm, front and rear electric windows, and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors; four speakers accompany the CD audio with MP3 player.

Picanto has become one of the leaders in its segment since the launch in May 2004 and is currently the third best seller year-to-date in the A segment behind the Ford Ka and Citroën C2.  Ideal for value conscious buyers, Picanto provides a small and practical car with a low group three insurance rating and low running costs, with a combined mpg of just 54.3.

Paul Williams, Managing Director, Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: "Picanto not only brought the first of a new generation of Kia products to the market but also launched our ‘Smart Value' proposition to customers that now spreads across our whole range.  It has been an important vehicle for us and has helped firmly establish Kia against our competitors."

The top of the range SE+, on sale now, introduces a fourth derivative to the Picanto range which continues to be Kia's best-selling model. 

The full line-up and list pricing and insurance groups are:

Picanto 1.0 S   £5,495   2

Picanto 1.0 GS   £5,995   2

Picanto 1.1 LX   £6,595   3

Picanto 1.1 LX Auto   £7,395   3

Picanto 1.1 SE+   £7,595   3

PICANTO TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

engine data

1.0 S & GS

 

1.1 LX, Glamour & SE+

Engine type

4 cylinder SOHC (12 valves)

4 cylinder SOHC (12 valves)

Capacity

999

 

1,086

 

Max power

60bhp @ 5600 rpm

64bhp @ 5500 rpm

Max torque (Nm)

86.3Nm @ 2900 rpm

97Nm @ 2800 rpm

Bore / stroke (mm)

66/73

 

67/77

 

Fuel system

Multipoint fuel injection system

Multipoint fuel injection system

Ignition system

DLI

 

DLI

 

Emission control system

Controlled by ECU

Controlled by ECU

transmission

 

 

 

 

Manual

5 speed

 

5 speed

 

Automatic (option)

 

 

LX only (4 speed)

 

bodystyle & seats

 

 

 

 

 

5 door

 

5 door

 

 

5 seat

 

5 seat

 

dimensions

 

 

 

 

Overall length (mm)

3,495

 

3,495

 

Overall width (mm)

1,595

 

1,595

 

Overall height (mm)

1,480

 

1,480

 

Wheelbase (mm)

2,370

 

2,370

 

Headroom front / rear (mm)

1,003

 

1,003

 

Leg room max front (mm)

966

 

966

 

Luggage capacity - rear seats up (litres)

157

 

157

 

Luggage capacity - rear seats folded flat (litres)

882

 

882

 

Minimum ground clearance

145

 

145

 

specifications

 

 

 

 

Gross vehicle weight (kg) - (Manual & Auto)

1,350

 

1,350

 

Max kerb weight manual (auto) (Kg)

1,012

 

1012 (1030)

 

Min kerb weight manual (auto) (Kg)

936

 

936 (954)

 

Maximum towing weights:

 

 

 

 

Trailer with brakes (auto)

700

 

700 (400)

 

Trailer without brakes (auto)

400

 

400 (0)

 

Maximum ball weight

28

 

28 (25)

 

Maximum roof load

60

 

60

 

Fuel tank capacity

35 litres

 

35 litres

 

suspension / steering / braking

 

 

 

 

Front suspension

McPherson Strut with Stabiliser and Coil Springs

 

Rear suspension

Torsion Beam Axle with coil springs

 

 

Steering system

Integral Rack & Pinion with Power Assistance

 

Steering - Turns lock to lock

2.8

 

 

 

Turning circle (wall to wall)

 

 

 

 

Turning circle (kerb to kerb)

4.6m

 

 

 

Braking system

Discs front and rear with ABS

 

 

service intervals

 

 

 

 

Miles (months)

10,000 / 1 year

 

10,000 / 1 year

 

performance

 

 

 

 

 

Manual

 

Manual

Auto

Maximum speed - kph / mph

150 / 93

 

154/96

144/90

Acceleration 0-62mph (seconds)

16.4

 

15.1

17.9

fuel consumption

 

 

 

 

(official Government Test Figures) mpg (l/100km)

 

 

 

Urban (cold)

45.6 (6.2)

 

43.5 (6.5)

38.2 (7.4)

Extra-urban

62.8 (4.5)

 

64.2 (4.4)

58.9 (4.8)

Combined

55.4 (5.1)

 

54.3 (5.2)

48.7 (5.8)

emissions

 

 

 

 

CO2 (g/km)

123

 

124

138

Noise Moving (db(A)E)

73

 

73

72

                 

 

PICANTO SPECIFICATION

1.0

1.0

1.1

1.1

 

S

GS

LX

SE+

Appearance

 

 

 

 

14" Steel Wheels (165 / 60 Silica Tyres)

X

X

X

-

14" Alloy Wheels (165 / 60 Silica Tyres)

-

-

-

X

Instant Mobility (Tyre Inflation) System

X

X

X

X

Full Wheel Covers

X

X

X

-

Body Coloured Bumpers

-

X

X

X

Body Coloured Radiator Grille

-

-

X

-

Chrome Faced Radiator Grille

-

-

-

X

Stainless Steel Mesh Front Grilles

-

-

-

-

Body Coloured Door Handles

-

X

X

X

Body Coloured Door Mirrors

-

X

X

X

Body Coloured Side Moulding

-

-

X

X

Black Side Moulding

X

X

-

-

Body Coloured Rear Garnish

X

X

X

X

Front Fog Lamps

-

-

-

X

Tinted Glass

X

X

X

X

Sill Extensions

-

-

-

-

Rear Spoiler

-

-

-

-

Audio

 

 

 

 

JVC Tuner/CD/MP3 Player

X

X

X

X

Security Detachable Radio Panel

X

X

X

X

Roof Mounted Aerial

X

X

X

X

2 Speaker System

X

X

-

-

4 Speaker System

-

-

X

X

6 Speaker System

-

-

-

-

Ventilation & Visibility

 

 

 

 

Air Conditioning

-

-

X

X

Cabin Air Filter

-

-

X

X

Front Electric Windows

-

X

X

X

One-Touch Auto Down Facility on Driver's Window

-

-

X

X

Rear Electric Windows

-

-

X

X

Internally Adjustable Door Mirrors

X

X

-

-

Electrically Adjustable and Heated Door Mirrors

-

-

X

X

Heated Rear Window

X

X

X

X

Variable Intermittent Front Wipers

X

X

X

X

Rear Wash Wipe

X

X

X

X

Rear Fog Lamps

X

X

X

X

Comfort & Convenience

 

 

 

 

Power Steering

X

X

X

X

Tilt Adjustable Steering Wheel

-

X

X

X

Leather Steering Wheel & Gear Knob

-

-

X

X

Metal Grain Dashboard Centre Panel

-

-

-

X

Full Cloth Upholstery

X

X

X

X

Leather Upholstery

-

-

-

X

Split Folding Rear Seats (60:40)

X

X

X

X

Seat Back Pocket & Passenger Side Pocket

X

X

X

X

Seat Under Tray - Passenger

-

-

X

X

Driver & Passenger Vanity Mirror with Cover

X

X

X

X

Silding Sunvisors

-

-

X

X

Assist Grip Handles Front (Pass Side)

X

X

X

X

Assist Grip Handles Rear (Both Sides)

X

X

X

X

2 Coat Hooks

X

X

X

X

Sunglasses Holder

-

-

X

X

Cup Holder - Centre Console

X

X

X

X

Remote Fuel Flap Release

X

X

X

X

Glovebox

X

X

X

X

Front Cigar Lighter

X

X

X

X

Front Ashtray

X

X

X

X

Four Speed Ventilation Fan

X

X

X

X

Front Lamp

X

X

X

X

Front Door Map Pockets

X

X

X

X

Tachometer

-

X

X

X

Digital Clock

X

X

X

X

Load Area Cover

X

X

X

X

Load Area Light

X

X

X

X

Safety & Security

 

 

 

 

ABS with EBD

X

X

X

X

Front Ventilated Disc Brakes

X

X

X

X

Rear Disc Brakes

X

X

X

X

Driver's Airbag

X

X

X

X

Passenger Airbag

X

X

X

X

Passenger Airbag De-activation Switch

X

X

X

X

Central Door Locking

-

X

-

-

Remote Central Door Locking

-

-

X

X

Perimeter Alarm System

-

-

X

X

Child Proof Rear Door Locks

X

X

X

X

Side Impact Protection System

X

X

X

X

Front Seatbelt Pretensioners

X

X

X

X

Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts

-

X

X

X

3 x 3-point Rear Seatbelts

X

X

X

X

ISO Fix Child Seat Anchor (with top-tether anchors))

X

X

X

X

Height Adjustable Front Head Restraints

X

X

X

X

Height Adjustable Rear Head Restraints (x3)

X

X

X

X

High Level Rear Brake Light

X

X

X

X

Security Window Etching

X

X

X

X

Transmission

 

 

 

 

Manual

X

X

X

X

Automatic

-

-

X

-

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