Peppy Picanto is hot stuff

Friday, 14 May 2004

The all-new Kia Picanto offers a winning combination of youthful styling, peppy performance, class-leading interior dimensions, low cost of ownership and ultra-low emissions, in an unrivalled value package.

This is a car with the dimensions to excel in the cut and thrust of the High Street but with the interior feel, refinement and space of a supermini.

The fresh styling of the Picanto expresses Kia's desire to become a ‘young, sporty and friendly' brand.  Picanto fits into the UK's vibrant small urban car category as well as meeting the needs of the lower end of the supermini market. The car will especially appeal to existing supermini customers not wishing to "up-size" to the latest generation of supermini offerings.

Paul Williams, Managing Director, Kia Motors UK said:  "Kia has shown with the  Sorento and Sedona that it can bring products to market which challenge the very best available in terms of value, specification, quality and styling. The Picanto will meet the needs of a new and younger customer base for Kia and take the brand to new heights in the UK. The Picanto is a modern European-focussed design, that offers an involving driving experience coupled with high specifications and prices not previously seen for this style of car.

The Picanto design excels by combining a stylish but compact exterior with a spacious interior more reminiscent of a supermini. The interior achieves ‘best-in-class' space in most major cabin dimensions. The generous specification, high quality materials, fit and finish reinforce the impression this car will comfortably meet the aspirations of those down-sizing from larger cars as well as those trading up from boxy, slim but tall, city cars and/or budget superminis with "low rent" interiors.

The set-up of the Picanto has concentrated on making it able to compete effectively in urban driving with a willing engine, smooth gear change and excellent all-round visibility. Add this to precise steering and pin-point manoeuvrability and the Picanto driver can be confident about taking advantage of that small gap in the traffic or that parking space that other drivers tend to overlook.

Whilst on the open-road the refinement of the car at motorway speeds will surprise those getting out of larger capacity cars and the suspension, assisted  by the fitting of standard 14-inch wheels, is more composed than many cars offering a much longer wheelbase. All-in-all it is a more comprehensive package than was previously expected in this size of car, making those forays to the High Street something to look forward to and that journey to friends 200 miles away something that doesn't need a second thought.

The Picanto is available as both a four-seater and a five-seater, with a choice of two petrol engines and manual or automatic transmission (1.1-litre only). A 1.1-litre diesel engine will be introduced in 2005.   

The Picanto's fuel economy and excellent CO2 figures, just 118 g/km on the 1.0-litre five seater and 119 g/km on the 1.1-litre 4-seater, reflect Kia's push towards leaner, greener vehicles. The 1.0-litre has an urban cycle fuel consumption of 47.9 mpg while the 1.1-litre 4-seater has a combined fuel consumption of 57.6 mpg.  

International recognition

Picanto was launched last month in left hand drive markets and is already meeting with critical acclaim. Picanto convincingly won a group test in Auto Bild magazine (30 April) with testers praising the engine, suspension, seating and overall quality of the car as well an excellent emergency braking performance that was equated with a "Golf size" car.

Europe is expected to account for 50% of the total Picanto production.

Customer profile

The Picanto has had more extensive market research than any previous Kia model to be launched on the UK market. 

Ian Mathews, Head of Product for Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: "Customers in the A-segment are typically budget conscious urban dwellers with a high percentage of females. They need the convenience of a small car and demand trouble-free motoring with low costs of ownership. However, these customers are also influenced by styling and fashion and are ambitious and fun loving. That is why getting the external shape of Picanto just right was so critical along with the personality of the car expressed through the way it drives and the quality and feel of the interior."

Kia has chosen to offer only a 5-door car in a sector until recently dominated by 3-door cars.

"Our belief is that a stylish 5-door car, clearly differentiated from rationale boxy designs, will be attractive to previous 3-door customers in this sector and the lower end of the supermini sector," Ian Mathews explained. "By offering both 4-seat and 5-seat versions our expectation is that we will be able to target predominantly singles and couples in their late twenties, the Sex and the City or Friends generation you might say, but also young families and older generation couples."

Line-up and specifications

Exceptionally competitive pricing has been achieved while maintaining strong specifications including dual airbags, ABS with EBD and all round disc brakes on all models. The initial three model line-up is: 1.0GS 5-seater, 1.1LX 5-seater & 1.1SE 4-seater.

All Picanto models have body colour bumpers, mirrors and door handles, central door locking, front electric windows and tinted glass, while all except the 1.0GS have a colour-coded grille and side mouldings. The top-of-the-range 1.1SE gains alloy wheels, as well as sill extensions, rear spoiler and front fog lamps.

In terms of comfort and convenience the Picanto has air conditioning as standard  (except 1.0GS), a JVC CD Audio with MP3 player, remote fuel flap and tailgate releases, while all models except the 1.0GS have remote door locking, perimeter alarm system, four electric windows (front only on 1.0GS) and door mirrors, leather steering wheel and gear knob, a storage tray under the passenger seat and a sunglasses holder (above the driver's door).

The 1.1SE features seats and door trim with two-tone variations matching the range of exterior colours - charcoal-grey, charcoal-orange and charcoal-blue to give customers a choice of vibrant interior décor. This model also features alloy wheels, front fog lamps, metal grain centre fascia, rear spoiler and sill extensions.

Engines and Transmissions

The 1.1-litre engine generates 64 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 97 Nm of torque at
2,800 rpm, making the Picanto one of the most powerful cars in its class. A combined fuel consumption of 57.6 mpg, and a 35-litre fuel tank, makes the Picanto capable of travelling up to 440 miles between fuel stops.

The 1.0-litre engine, which is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, produces 60 bhp at 5,600 rpm and 86 Nm of torque at 2,900 rpm achieving a top speed of 93 mph.

Peace of mind

Unusually for this class of vehicle, Picanto comes with front and rear disc brakes as standard - backed up by state-of-the-art ABS anti-lock and load-sensitive EBD (electronic brake force distribution).  Confirming the low cost of ownership the Picanto 1.0GS is placed in insurance group 2 while the 1.1LX and 1.1SE are in insurance group 3.

The Picanto benefits from a 3 year unlimited mileage manufacturer's warranty with three years European roadside assistance.

Availability and pricing

The Kia Picanto goes on sale on 25 May, the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Kia Motors, initially in 1.1SE form only with the 1.0GS and 1.1LX becoming available approximately a month later.
The 1.0GS is priced at an exceptionally competitive £5,495 with the 1.1LX, likely to be the best seller, at £6,245. The high specification, top-of-the-range 1.1SE is priced at £6,995.
Automatic transmission costs an additional £750 and is available on the 1.1LX.

For more information on Kia visit www.kia.co.uk

PICANTO TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

engine data

1.0 GS

 

1.1 LX

 

1.1 SE

Engine type

4 cylinder SOHC (12 valves)

4 cylinder SOHC (12 valves)

4 cylinder SOHC (12 valves)

Capacity

999

 

1,086

 

1,086

 

Max power

60 bhp @ 5600 rpm

64 bhp @ 5500 rpm

64 bhp @ 5500 rpm

Max torque (Nm)

86.3 Nm @ 2900 rpm

97 Nm @ 2800 rpm

97 Nm @ 2800 rpm

Bore / stroke (mm)

66/73

 

67/77

 

67/77

 

Fuel system

Multipoint fuel injection system

Multipoint fuel injection system

Multipoint fuel injection system

Ignition system

DLI

 

DLI

 

DLI

 

Emission control system

Controlled by ECU

Controlled by ECU

Controlled by ECU

transmission

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manual

5 speed

 

5 speed

 

5 speed

bodystyle & seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 door

 

5 door

 

5 door

 

 

5 seat

 

5 seat

 

4 seat

 

dimensions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall length (mm)

3,495

 

3,495

 

3,495

 

Overall width (mm)

1,595

 

1,595

 

1,595

 

Overall height (mm)

1,480

 

1,480

 

1,480

 

Wheelbase (mm)

2,370

 

2,370

 

2,370

 

Headroom front / rear (mm)

1,003

 

1,003

 

1,003

 

Leg room max front (mm)

966

 

966

 

966

 

Luggage capacity - rear seats up (litres)

220

 

220

 

220

 

Luggage capacity - rear seats folded flat (litres)

882

 

882

 

882

 

Minimum ground clearance

145

 

145

 

145

 

specifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross vehicle weight (kg) - (manual and auto)

1,340

 

1,350

 

1,350

 

Max kerb weight manual (auto) (kg)

981

 

1,012 (1,030)

 

1,005

 

Min kerb weight manual (auto) (kg)

936

 

982 (954)

 

929

 

Maximum towing weights:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trailer with brakes (auto)

700

 

700 (400)

 

700

 

Trailer without brakes (auto)

400

 

400 (0)

 

400

 

Maximum ball weight

28

 

28 (25)

 

28

 

Maximum roof load

60

 

60

 

60

 

Fuel tank capacity

35 litres

 

35 litres

 

35 litres

suspension / steering / braking

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front suspension

MacPherson strut with stabiliser

MacPherson strut with stabiliser

MacPherson strut with stabiliser

Rear suspension

Couple torsion beam axle

Couple torsion beam axle

Couple torsion beam axle

Shock absorber

Oil and coil spring

Oil and coil spring

Oil and coil spring

Steering system

Integral rack and pinion

Integral rack and pinion

Integral rack and pinion

Steering - turns lock to lock

2.8

 

2.8

 

2.8

 

Turning circle (wall to wall)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turning circle (kerb to kerb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Braking system

Disc front and rear with ABS

Disc front and rear with ABS

Disc front and rear with ABS

service intervals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miles (months)

10,000 / 1 year

 

10,000 / 1 year

 

10,000 / 1 year

performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manual

 

Manual

Auto

Manual

Maximum speed - km/h / mph

150 / 93

 

154/96

144/90

154/96

 

Acceleration 0-62 mph (seconds)

 

 

15.1

17.9

15.1

 

fuel consumption

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Urban (cold)

47.9 (5.9)

 

43.5 (6.5)

38.2 (7.4)

46.3 (6.1)

Extra-urban

64.2 (4.4)

 

64.2 (4.4)

58.9 (4.8)

65.7 (4.3)

Combined

57.6 (4.9)

 

54.3 (5.2)

48.7 (5.8)

57.6 (4.9)

emissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

CO2 (g/km)

118

 

124

138

119

 

Noise Moving (db(A)E)

73

 

73

72

73

 

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