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New Kia Picanto 1.0 3dr

The new Kia Picanto 1.0 3dr is cheaper than a soggy paper bag.

By Stephen Turvil
Jan 05, 2012
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The new Kia Picanto 1.0 3dr is cheaper than a soggy paper bag. It makes 'penny' chews seem expensive – and the cost of an egg extravagant in comparison. So, how much then? How much for a brand new city car with a seven-year manufacturer warranty? Does £10,000 sound fair? How about £8,500? Nope, this workhorse only costs £7,795. For this rock-bottom price motorists benefit from a four-cylinder 68bhp petrol engine. That propels the Picanto to 62mph in 13.9 seconds, which is reasonable for the class. Furthermore, this entry-level variant sips fuel. Expect to average 67.3mpg and to return 78.5mpg on the extra-urban cycle. That means its emissions are extremely low - so it can be taxed for free.

The new Kia Picanto 1.0 3dr also has reasonably entertaining handling, a pleasing ride, and bang-up-to-date looks. However, there is a limit to what £7,795 buys on the new market. As such, this city car has a basic equipment specification, so - for starters - it lacks air-conditioning. Compensation comes in the form of the: electronic stability programme, electric front windows, and the CD player. This cash-saver also has a decent 200-litre boot. Its capacity can be increased to 605-litres by folding the rear seats flat. The word 'cheap' can mean 'junk' – but the latest Kia Picanto is simply tremendous value for money.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jan 05, 2012