Kia keeps up the drive for sales with new Picanto
KIA this week unveiled its new Picanto.
As you'd expect from the ambitious automaker the new bigger model looks immeasurably better than the old one, has a lot of equipment and a seven-year warranty.
There are two trim levels: LX (from €11,495) and EX (€12,595).
And the new 998cc three-cylinder engine ensures road tax of €104 because it emits just 99g of CO2 every kilometre.
The extended wheelbase means there's good room at the rear and the doors are certainly pushed back to the corner.
Kia claims the new Picanto has the highest level of safety equipment in its city-car segment.
Included as standard are six airbags (side-curtain airbags included), Electronic Stability Control, hill-start assist control and anti-whiplash 'active' front-seat head restraints. There is also a system called ESS (Emergency Stop Signal). With this, sensors detect sudden hard braking and flash the brake lights three times to tell drivers behind that the car is decelerating rapidly.
Kia says it expects the EX trim to be the most popular. Among the comfort equipment it adds are: air con, remote audio controls, Bluetooth, front fogs and electric-rear windows .
The company expects to expand on its 11pc small-car market share with these add-ons.
A new Rio arrives in October as the marque pushes for sales across the board. And on the basis of my relatively brief experience, the Picanto will play its part in that drive.