Kia Picanto - car review

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The premiere of Kia Picanto was held at the International Auto Show in Frankfurt in September 2003. The car is available only with one body type - a five-door hatchback. Differs very funny and original appearance. Almost a toy design with a large, body-colored grille, a rather large rear window, a fairly high bumper and large headlights. The window sill line on the rear door rises playfully, adding a cheerful touch to the typical design of the class.

The color spectrum in addition to the traditional "gray metallic" and "wet asphalt" offers bright lemon, orange, bright red and pale green. Inside, everything is done simply, but with taste. Despite the inexpensive plastic prevailing in the finish, the interior looks quite presentable. By the way, the Korean manufacturer offers several trim options, including pseudo sports with plastic inserts that mimic aluminum. Good ergonomics of the driver's seat allows you to get a job at the workplace without any discounts on the size of the car - thanks to the range of longitudinal adjustment.

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Everything is clear, everything is at hand: three dials on the dashboard, a block of indicators, on the center console are four large keys and an Alpine radio tape recorder. The climate system is controlled by three rotary controls, there is also a recirculation mode slider. With a modest size (length 3.49 m and width 1.59 m) the car can accommodate four passengers, and its cargo compartment is 157 liters.

However, with the rear seats folded, the luggage compartment increases to 882 liters. For storage of various small things in the cabin provides 19 pockets and compartments. The line of power units offers two petrol engines: 1.0 liter with 60 hp. and 1.1 liters capacity 64 hp From zero to one hundred, the fastest Picanto accelerates in 15.8-seconds, and its maximum speed is 152 kilometers per hour.

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In 2005, the line of power units was supplemented with a 1.1-liter turbodiesel. The gearbox is a five-speed manual or four-speed “automatic”. It is noteworthy that Picanto has the best CO2 emissions for this class of cars. The premiere of the updated Kia Picanto 2007 model year was held at the Barcelona Auto Show. Restyling engaged designers of companies in Korea and Europe.

The main changes affected the appearance - the silhouette became more rounded. Picanto 2007 is 40 mm (3535 mm) longer than its predecessor, the remaining dimensions have not changed. New form acquired hood and front fenders. The model received an elongated front bumper, as well as new front and rear lights, harmoniously combined with streamlined body styles, as well as a wider grille with a black mesh background and two chrome horizontal inserts. The size of the wheelbase has not changed - it is still 2370 mm. Salon Picanto 2007 has become more modern, using expensive materials and high-quality technical components. The center console is completely redone.

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Now you can adjust the height of the seat, which made driving more comfortable. Trunk volume 153 liters, it is noteworthy that the rear seats alternately fold. The color palette from nine expanded to 14. Restaling did not touch the technical stuffing. Picanto is still offered with old engines.

In their lineup two petrol: volume of 1.0 liters. and 1.1 l. and diesel - volume of 1.1 liters. Power Picanto - 63, 65 and 75 "horses", respectively. The creators are confident that Picanto 2007, which is updated in appearance and technically improved, will be appreciated by buyers. After all, it is one of the most competitive representatives of class "A". Firstly, the car is very economical and functional, and secondly, it has a fairly roomy interior and an interesting appearance.

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Riding on such a car in the city is easy and convenient. Miniature dimensions help to overcome traffic jams. The official presentation of the new generation Kia Picanto was held March 1, 2011 - the opening day of the Geneva Motor Show. In Russia, sales started from June 20, 2011.

The previous generation Picanto was produced only in the five-door body. The 2011 model will also receive a three-door body, and this version of the car is designed exclusively for Europe. The length of the car immediately increased by 60 mm to 3595 mm, so that the model became one of the largest in its A-class.

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Picanto 2011 has a characteristic for all modern Kia design from the project team of Peter Schreier. Exterior bold and unique. The car looks more aggressive due to the changed lines of the bonnet, the rejection of round-shaped optics in favor of the trapezoid and the new bumper. The side parts with the stamps and the modified rear lighting added the appearance of solidity. For Picanto 2011, LED headlights, new light-alloy wheels and even more color options for the exterior and interior are available. This generation of Picanto was not only larger than its predecessor, but also received a better-quality interior. Almost everything has been reworked in the interior.

The new dashboard has received large, well-read dials. In the expensive configuration is now present multifunctional steering wheel with adjustable column, automatic climate control, power windows and audio system with MP3 and USB-port. The interior of the cabin turned out to be simple, elegant and unpretentious: high-quality plastic, comfortable seats with a fairly good lateral support. But the main advantage of Picanto 2011 is the increased space for passengers and baggage. The trunk volume has increased to 200 liters, and the back of the back sofa has become foldable.

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The car got two new modern engines at its disposal - 1.0 l. engine, whose power is 69 hp This engine has two modes of operation on conventional fuel and liquefied gas. The next engine is a 1.2 liter. 4-cylinder gasoline engine, whose power is 85 hp These two engines are equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission, as well as a 4-speed automatic transmission. For the safety of the driver and passengers are responsible six airbags, and the mass of electronic assistants: ABS with EBD, ESP, as well as a help system when driving uphill. Four years later, in March 2015, the European premiere of the 2nd generation re-styled version was held at the Geneva Motor Show.

By the way, in the domestic market, the model is sold under the name Morning. The car has retained its characteristic style, but has got redesigned sports outlines of bumpers, and the front has received other sections of fog and air intake of a different form. The modified grille looks great with large floodlights with LED daytime running lights. From the side, the car also looks harmonious, the appearance of the hatchback is defined by a short sloping hood, a pronounced rib, prescribing the sidewall along almost the entire length, and compact overhangs.

Three-door due to the presence of only two doors and sharply billowing to the back of the window sill has a more charismatic, and even sporty look. Appearance Picanto 2015 devoid of obvious femininity and toy motifs, for which we can say thanks to Peter Schreier. In addition, for the KIA Picanto 2015, additional design options for the optional 14-inch wheels, a modest sport package and the ability to order the installation of front brake discs with a diameter of 252 mm against 241 earlier appeared.

They allow to reduce the stopping distance from 100 km / h to two meters - from 39 to 37 m. The body dimensions of the Korean compact do not depend on the number of doors: 3595 mm in length, 1595 mm in width and 1480 mm in height, the wheelbase is 2385 mm. The ground clearance of the 2nd generation car is equal to 142 mm, in addition a package is available, increasing the ground clearance up to 152 mm (the height also increases by 10 mm to 1490 mm). Despite the external compactness, the interior of the car is one of the largest in the class.

The front seats are endowed with a comfortable profile with good side support, and quite wide ranges of settings provide the opportunity to choose the optimally suitable position. On the second row of the seats, the three of them are crowded, however, two passengers no taller than 180 cm tall can get settled freely. The interior pleases with an interesting and stylish design. Directly in front of the driver, a two-spoke steering wheel is based, behind which three “deep wells” of the instrument cluster are located. The original center console is not overloaded with unnecessary buttons and is distinguished by the presence of “music” and “climate” control units with a small monochrome display.

Chrome edging of the devices and new upholstery materials in expensive versions, which also have a backlight in their legs, attract attention. For a fee, a multimedia system with a 7-inch touchscreen display and navigation became available. But this is all in expensive versions, the simplest equipment is devoid of all the excesses - plastic plugs instead of an audio system, three “washers” of an ordinary stove and an instrument panel without a tachometer. Also in the basic package includes heated front seats, steering wheel and rear-view mirrors, front electric windows, steering column with adjustable height and reach.

Comfort modification is pleased with the presence of air conditioning, central locking with remote control, audio system with 4 speakers. A more advanced configuration Luxe and Prestige equipped with climate control and the function of "Escort", which delays turning off the headlights after closing the locks. The trunk of the Kia Picanto is designed to carry 200 liters of luggage, but by folding the back of the back sofa (40:60 ratio) in two parts, the capacity can be increased to 918 liters (the floor is almost flat). Under the raised floor there is a compact spare wheel and the necessary set of tools.

Inside, everything is also thought out for an ergonomic arrangement of things: a compartment for glasses, door pockets, a glove box, nets on the backs of chairs, bottle holders, a compartment for storing small items under the front passenger seat. The engine range consists of two high-performance engines - a volume of 1.0 liters and 1.2 liters. The base 1.0-liter, aspirated MPI engine has been brought to meet Euro-6 environmental standards. Its power is 69 hp. at 5500 rev / min and 95 Nm of torque at 3500 rev / min.

In combination with the 5-speed "mechanics" and front-wheel drive, it provides Picanto good characteristics: acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 14.6 seconds, the maximum speed is 158 km / h. The average fuel consumption of 4.5 liters of gasoline per 100 km. The engine of 1.2 liters has a capacity of 85 hp.

at 6000 revolutions per minute (121 Nm). It is offered exclusively with a four-speed automatic transmission. With him, the hatchback spends 13.7 seconds to accelerate to the first hundred, and fuel consumption does not exceed 5.6 liters in the combined cycle. Maximum speed stopped at 163 km / h. This car is great for living in a modern metropolis.

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