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Kia Picanto


The new, second-generation Kia Picanto goes on sale in the UK on 17 June and the 1-litre version manages 67.3 mpg and emits 99 g/km CO2.

The car goes on sale with brand-new 1.0- and 1.25-litre Kappa-family petrol engines, which deliver fuel consumption improvements of up to 8.5 mpg with CO2 reductions of as much as 15 g/km – yet performance is also significantly better. The larger engine is available with Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving technology – an Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop/start system, or, alternatively with an automatic transmission.

The three-cylinder 1.0-litre unit develops 68 bhp and 95 Nm of torque and has a combined fuel economy of 67.3mpg. The 1.25-litre four-cylinder version of the Kappa engine is offered in three guises, all developing 84 bhp and 121 Nm of torque. In standard form it averages 60.1 mpg. The EcoDynamics version manages 65.7 mpg. With a four-speed automatic transmission fuel consumption drops to 53.3 mpg.

The Kia Picanto five-door goes on sale with four trim grades, badged 1, 1 Air, 2 and 3.

Standard features include body coloured bumpers, mirrors and door handles, electric front windows, Radio/CD player, trip computer and an immobiliser. There is a height-adjustable driver’s seat and tilt-adjustable steering column, and six airbags.

As with all new Kias, a seven year or 100,000 miles fully transferable warranty is standard on every new Picanto.

The steering system features Kia’s motor-driven power steering (MDPS). This delivers reduced fuel consumption by drawing on engine power only when needed, while reducing the driver effort needed for parking and manoeuvring.

The new Picanto has a drag co-efficient of Cd 0.31, which helps with its fuel efficiency.

Later this year the five-door Picanto will be joined for the first time by a three-door version.