Kia Scrappage Scheme explained
New Kia Picanto, Stonic and Niro prices have been cut by up to £3,000 via the Kia Scrappage Scheme until December 31st 2018. To qualify, simply part exchange a car or van of any make registered on, or before, December 30th 2011. Further ensure it is in good working order, taxed, and that you have owned it at least 3 months.
Kia Picanto: £2,000 saving
The Picanto is a small, city class, hatchback so its job is to excel in busy, vibrant, cities where space it at a premium. Strengths that ensure it succeeds include the rear camera that incorporates guidance lines, parking sensors, and excellent visibility that enable you to park with confidence in tight spaces.
This city car has further strengths that ensure it suits its habitat. Low fuel consumption to minimise running costs, for example. It therefore averages up to 56.5mpg. Kia’s 7 year warranty further cuts expenditure. The youthful look, cosy cabin and unpretentious vibe also enhance its appeal. Summary traits include:
- Petrol: 1.0-litre 66bhp, 1.25-litre 83bhp, 1.0-litre 99bhp
- Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
- Trims: 1, 2, 3, X-Line, X-Line S, GT-Line, GT-Line S
- Starting price: £9,720
Kia Stonic: £2,500 saving
The Kia Stonic is a compact, crossover class, vehicle so its purpose is to be small enough to park easily in town yet have the muscular, off-road, look of a sports-utility vehicle. Expect, therefore, prominent skid plates, striking plastic wheel arch trim and imposing height. Twin-tone paint further optimises its styling.
The Stonic has plenty of equipment to complement its look. It brakes automatically if you fail to react to a hazard, for starters. Furthermore, the 352-litre boot, adjustable boot floor, and roof rails that support 70 kg ensure there is room for any sports equipment, pets and holiday luggage. The summary traits are:
- Petrol: 1.4-litre 98bhp, 1.0-litre 118bhp
- Diesel: 1.6-litre 108bhp
- Transmission: 6-speed manual
- Trims: 2, First Edition
- Starting price: £16,540
Kia Niro: £3,000 saving
The Niro is a medium size, hybrid powered, crossover so its job is to minimise your impact on the environment. Power comes via its petrol engine and electric motor. The latter – that produces no pollution at all – propels the vehicle single handed when possible but the engine contributes if, for example, more power is required.
Further innovations to maximise efficiency include the active air flap by the front grille. When, therefore, it does not have to be open to cool the engine it closes to optimise aerodynamic efficiency. Low rolling resistance tyres contribute further. The result is 76.3 mpg and emissions of 86g/km. Summary traits include:
- Hybrid: 1.6-litre petrol and electric motor (139bhp)
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic
- Trims: 2, 3, 4
- Starting price: £23,490