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New Kia Picanto Review

The new Kia Picanto is more terrifying than a tax audit.

By Stephen Turvil
Nov 11, 2011
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The new Kia Picanto is more terrifying than a tax audit. But why? It is not the 1.0-litre 68bhp petrol engine, or the 1.2-litre 84bhp unit. These propel five speed manual versions to 62mph in a respectable 13.9 and 11 seconds respectively - so they are not the cause of any concern. Perhaps the fuel consumption is alarming. Nope! The manual versions average a purse-pleasing – and class competitive - 67.3mpg and 60.1mpg. Even four- speed auto variants return 53.3mpg and hit 62mph in 11 seconds. So, why does this three/five door city car make me more nervous than a tax dodger at the Inland Revenue?

The Kia Picanto has a 'tiger nose grill'. There, I said it. This distinctive front-end is the current face of Kia and features on several in-your-face models. Have you ever seen a tiger up close? They look at people in the same way we look at BBQ ribs. Does the car want to eat me? Does it want to use my tibia as a tooth pick? I hope not, as the new Picanto is a capable run-around. Its handling is sharper than its predecessor, the ride is comfortable, and it has a fair specification. Every trim has: an electronic stability programme, electric front windows, and a CD player. I just hope this wild cat is vegetarian.

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By Stephen Turvil
Nov 11, 2011