Kia Picanto

3/5
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Verdict

This segment is really growing and all manufacturers want a bit of the action. From Volkswagen Group you get the Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up!. During 2015 Opel introduced Karl to the world. Meanwhile it appears that Hyundai are making hay with the i10. Toyota, Citroen and Peugeot are sharing technologies with the Aygo, C1 and 108 respectively. Don’t forget the Twingo in the corner and of course Ford are nursing the Ka. Years ago Ireland didn’t do city cars but now we’re becoming more European, eco-friendly and even wiser. The Picanto is fighting its corner well.

Performance

By their very nature city cars aren’t generally packed with power, what they do have is enough to get you where you need to go. The Kia Picanto is powered by a choice of two petrol engines. First up is the entry level 1.0 litre, 3-cylinder MPi engine. This offers maximum torque of 95Nm at 3,500rpm and 65 bhp. Of course, this is not the quickest car you will find and it will take you from 0-100 km/h in 14 seconds. The second available engine is a 1.25 litre MPi, what this offers is 120Nm of torque at 4,000rpm and 84 bhp. This will take you from 0-100 km/h in about 12 seconds. Of course, most people who opt for any type of city car already know that they’re buying this for ease of city access – not for constant long journeys.

Ride & Handling

The Picanto is great at soaking up bumps and minor road imperfections because of the way its suspension is set up. This softer suspension means more body roll in corners though and the steering could do with giving more feedback. Apart from that the car is easy to park and three point turns are incredibly simple in it.

Refinement

If you take that 1.0 litre engine onto the motorway you will be greeted by the sounds of an engine under pressure. Getting up to 120 km/h takes a long time and the noise from the effort is very loud. The 1.25 litre engine is much more able for it. The car also takes in a fair bit of wind noise and when it is gusty you really notice crosswinds.

Quality & Reliability

The interior of the Picanto is kept very simple and it’s laid out very well. The plastics don’t seem to be ridiculously cheap either. The seats to the front are comfortable but the rear is a bench and it’s very straight which means that getting comfortable in there can be a bit of a chore.

Safety & Security

The first thing that every new Kia offers is peace of mind with their seven year warranty. It’s a true case of Kia putting their money where their mouth is with these vehicles, and we salute them for it. However, whatever car you buy please make sure you thoroughly read the warranty’s small print. Apart from peace of mind, as standard they also offer Electronic Stability Control, Hill-start Assist and Emergency Stop Signal. There are 6 airbags inside the Picanto.

Space & Practicality

This car is very small, so you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that it’s not spacious. However, it feels surprisingly big and four adults would fit in here without much difficulty. The back seat isn’t overly comfortable but whoever’s getting a lift in this will get over that quick. As city cars go, it’s very practical.

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Key Facts

Make

Kia

Model
Picanto
Variant
Picanto 1.0 TX Petrol Manual
Car Category
City Car
First year of model production
2015
Engine (L)
1.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€12,490
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€180
Tax Band
A2
Average L/100 km
4.3
Average km/L
23.3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
35
Fuel Tank Range
814 km
Cost of filling a tank
€45.99
Average Cost Per 200 km
€11.3
CO2 emmissions
99 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
65 bhp
Max Power kW
48
Displacement - CC (Engine)
998
Engine Cylinders
3
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Normally
Top speed
158 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
14.4 s
Town KPG
5.50 L
EC Extra Urban (KPG)
3.80 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
200 L

Warranty

All Components
7 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
7 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
5 Year paint warranty
Mileage
150000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assist

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
4

Dimensions

Boot capacity
200 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
165/60 R14 mm
Tyre size back
165/60 R14 mm
Rim size
4,5J x 13 (ET 46); 5,0J x 14 (ET 49); 5,5J x 15 mm
Length
3595 mm
Width
1595 mm
Height
1480 mm
Wheel Base
2385 mm
Front Track (mm)
1480
Rear Track (mm)
1412
Kerb weight
855 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1400
Turning circle (m)
9.6

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent, spring
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
65 bhp