Kia Picanto: small but perfectly formed
Friday, 7 October 2005
The Kia Picanto offers a winning combination of youthful styling, peppy performance, class-leading interior dimensions, low cost of ownership and unrivalled value, with prices starting at only £5495.
Aimed squarely at the Sex In The City and Friends generation - singles and couples in their late twenties - it has already proved a huge hit through its blend of compact external size and supermini-sized interior space. It is ideal for the cut and thrust of the high street, while providing the refinement and space of a considerably larger car.
Its fresh styling fits in perfectly with Kia's young and sporty brand image. Unlike the majority of cars in its class, it has five doors for maximum practicality, yet it avoids the boxy, slim profile that is the price usually paid for five-door versatility in a small-car package.
Nor will you find the budget interior trim and minimalist specification of built-down-to-a-price, bottom-of-the-range small cars. But this exceptionally competitive pricing is not at the expense of safety or comfort - all versions have twin airbags, anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution, CD audio with MP3 player, and tinted glass, while the LX.
Two four-cylinder petrol engines are available - a 60bhp 1.0-litre unit in the S and GS or a 64bhp 1.1 that offers customers the option of automatic transmission in the LX.
Both units make Picanto nimble and nippy, equally at home on the highway or in the city. They are also outstandingly economical, with combined fuel figures of more than 50mpg (manual versions) contributing towards low ownership costs.
Paul Williams, Managing Director, Kia Motors (UK) Ltd, said: "The Picanto meets the needs of a new and younger customer base for Kia and takes the brand to new heights in the UK. It is a modern, European-focused design that offers an involving driving experience coupled with high specifications and prices not previously seen on this style of car.
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