2011 kia picanto

Specifications prices Modifications and Image 2011 kia picanto
This is the new Kia Picanto, the Korean brand�s A-segment supermini. Back for its second generation, the new Picanto wears the current Kia styling courtesy of Peter Schreyer's design team. The Kia Picanto is available in three- and five-door body styles, and comes with a choice of three petrol engines: a pair of three-cylinder engines, one of which can run on LPG or petrol, and the 1.25-litre four cylinder. We�re driving the four-pot and the non-LPG triple.
INTERIOR
In the cabin the Picanto sports a dark cloth interior with a height adjustable driver�s chair. It�s well bolstered and comfortable but could prove too narrow for those with broader backs during longer journeys. In the back seat leg room is limited but no more than you�d expect in an A-segment car and with correct front seat adjustment two adults could ride in relative comfort. The Picanto�s four-door body shape makes it easy to get in and out of the rear seat.

Instrumentation is large and easy-to-read and the controls are laid out with the stereo and climate controls separated, but all switchgear is close at hand. The Picanto�s leather-trimmed steering wheel is a particular highlight in a two-spoke design and featuring various control buttons. Other standard equipment includes cupholders, passenger under seat storage tray, air-conditioning, CD stereo with Ipod and USB connectivity, electric windows all-round, trip computer and Bluetooth hands free. The top-spec EX Picanto gets extra fruit like a 6-speaker stereo system, reverse parking sensors and electric folding side mirrors with LED indicators. Overall, it�s a very livable cabin, the materials used aren�t particularly hard or plasticky and everything feels well screwed together. It�s very small but the available space is used smartly with helpful touches like seat back pockets, bottle-holding door bins and a 60:40 split rear seat.
EXTERIOR
In terms of exterior styling the new Picanto is a sharp-looker, it�s suitably cute but with a broad, sure-footed stance. Design features include a rising character line, corporate Kia �tiger-nose� grille and uniquely shaped, vertical tailights. There�s a subtle hatch spoiler, front fog lights and daytime running lamps (with LED strips on the EX variant).Standard wheel fitment is 8-spoke 14-inch alloys on the LX and sporty 15-inch multi-spoke alloys on the EX.

Dimensionally it�s a very small car but the Picanto has seen a size increase of 60mm to 3.6 metres in length and a 15mm increase to its wheelbase. Luggage capacity has also grown to 200-litres in total capacity and there has been no change to the Picanto�s height or width compared to its predecessor.
ENGINE
Under the bonnet the Picanto�s new engine is larger than before. It�s a 4-cylinder 1248cc powerplant from Kia�s Kappa family of motors. Power output is rated at 64kW with 123Nm of torque. The LX base-model features a 5-Speed manual box while there�s a four-stage auto for both LX and EX variants. The Picanto is no pocket rocket, but has enough pep to keep up with traffic, it�s best suited for around town blasts but once up to speed its well settled. Off the line the lightweight 850kg Picanto takes 11 seconds to reach 100km/h with the manual transmission, in auto form that stretches out to 12.9 seconds. It needs to be worked hard to get any real performance but as a city car the powertrain is certainly capable.
Driving Impression

The Picanto drives very well, especially in four-cylinder trim. The engine zings eagerly, the gear change and steering are both light and easy, and engaging too, and the ride felt pretty good on our car�s 14-inch steel rims � a gentle loping rhythm with only a few secondary imperfections spoiling the show. It�s even refined at motorway speeds, and little bursts of acceleration are always on tap. It just feels right and instinctively in tune with itself.
source:www.carmagazine.co.uk,www.carandsuv.co.nz



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