Perhaps zero to a greater extent than demonstrates the dramatic progress made past times South Korea’s Kia build than the next statistic…. inwards the whole of 2007, Kia sold 29,429 cars inwards the UK. Now, 10 years on, 29,707 were sold inwards the starting fourth dimension 3 months of 2017 alone.
After the soaring success of 2016’s novel Sportage crossover, Kia hopes the next-generation Picanto metropolis automobile volition add together to the upwards sales momentum.
The same size equally the outgoing Picanto, the novel automobile is to a greater extent than stylish, spacious, practical together with refined.
Some 160,000 Picantos receive got establish homes inwards the U.K. since the model was launched inwards 2004 together with unopen to 2 inwards 3 buyers are women, hence crucially, the 2017 third-generation Picanto is a looker.
Now only available equally a five-door for easier access to the rear, the front end destination of the novel automobile features Kia’s signature ‘tiger nose’ grille amongst air intakes together with fog lights below, giving it enough of mental attitude together with a sportier feel. And amongst sculpted sides together with a pert rear, it makes the Picanto i of the best looking cars inwards its class.
Kerb appeal is no hateful feat inwards the Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 segment, where its rivals include 2 sets of good-looking triplets (the VW Up!/Skoda Citigo/SEAT Mii together with Toyota Aygo/Citroen C1/Peugeot 108), the funky Renault Twingo together with Fiat 500, addition its cousin – the Hyundai i10.
Inside there’s enough of space, cheers to a slightly longer wheelbase. It’s comfy together with good designed upwardly front end amongst skillful visibility. The only disappointment is that the driver’s topographic point has no meridian adjustment together with the steering cycle won’t accommodate for reach.
There’s a mix of soft together with difficult affect nighttime plastics, but it to a greater extent than oftentimes than non has a character experience together with there’s skillful built quality.
It’s a footling to a greater extent than cosy inwards the back, but it’s possible for iv average sized adults to go inwards comfort, which is to a greater extent than than you lot tin sack state for some rivals. There’s likewise a class-leading 255 litres of luggage capacity inwards the boot.Priced from £9,450 – £13,950, the novel Picanto is available inwards 5 trim back levels (ranging from ‘1’ upwardly to ‘GT-Line S’ (pictured), but it’s worth studying the spec sheets for the sweetness spot (probably ‘3’).
For instance, only the GT-Line southward together with flat ‘3’ versions come upwardly amongst the generous 7-inch centre-mounted ‘floating’ touchscreen, which gives access to the navigation, infotainment together with connectivity systems.
And if security is your priority, all models from flat ‘3’ receive got Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) which tin sack convey the automobile to a consummate halt at for sure speeds together with to a partial halt at upwardly to 107mph (AEB is available equally a £350 alternative on grades ‘1’ together with ‘2’).
That said, fifty-fifty the entry-level flat ‘1’ model features tinted windows, a DAB radio amongst AUX together with USB ports, automatic headlights, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) together with vi airbags.
Other goodies available include heated front end seats together with steering wheel, a wireless weep charger, electrical sunroof, addition a parent parking photographic telly camera amongst parking sensors.
Naturally, in that place are likewise various customita options for the interior together with exterior.Available at launch amongst 2 eager petrol engines – a 66bhp1.0-litre three-cylinder or an 83bhp 1.2-litre four-cylinder – both mated to a five-speed manual gearbox (the 1.2 volition likewise live available equally an automatic).
The engines are shine together with economical – 64.2mpg/101 g/km of CO2 together with 61.4mpg/106g/km respectively.
Clearly the bigger engine has a fight to a greater extent than punch, but for town driving the 1.0-litre is to a greater extent than than ample. For longer journeys, particularly ones that involve steep hills, the 1.2 mightiness live the i to operate for. Both are surprisingly refined together with cruise nicely at freeway speeds
Neither engine volition build your Picanto a hot hatch inwards surgery terms, but hence that’s non why people purchase metropolis cars. For the record, the 1.0-litre is skillful for a 0-60mph fourth dimension of 13.8 seconds together with a laissez passer on speed of 101mph, spell the 1.2 tin sack attain 60mph inwards 11.6 seconds together with proceed to 106mph.
Later inwards 2017, arguably the pick of the engine choices volition operate available. The 99bhp 1.0-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol three-cylinder unit of measurement is for sure to set a smiling on the human face upwardly of to a greater extent than spirited drivers.
Cabin refinement is i thing, but how does the novel Picanto drive? Well, to a greater extent than skillful tidings hither because it’s i of the best treatment cars inwards its class, though non quite equally skillful equally the VW/Skoda/SEAT trio.
As you’d hold off from a metropolis car, it’s lite together with slow to manoeuvre, but it likewise feels planted on the road, spell trunk gyre inwards good contained when cornering.
The ride is a tad bouncy on rougher roads, but overall, it drives well. And if you lot desire a footling extra agility, the sporty GT-Line version mightiness live worth considering.
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