Kia Picanto Long Term Test AOL Cars UK

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Kia Picanto Long Term

Going from a year in a 150 bhp Focus Ecoboost to a 1.0 68 bhp Picanto have been a culture However, the first journey in the Kia on a motorway proved to be a relief. Of it is noisier than the Focus, because the smaller engine has to rev a lot but it is bearable at any vaguely legal

The refinement means you are not reaching for a gear that isn’t fifth gear provides refined cruising.

Back in its natural habitat of driving, the Kia Picanto has one killer for London drivers it is congestion exempt. All you have to do is pay £10 to it and then you can smugly drive all those cameras while about the daily charge of you have not paid. The driving around town is good, but it is not The one issue we have is the clutch.

It is but vague which, combined an over-sensitive throttle pedal, the first few starts tend to a badly slipping clutch as you try to balance clutch against You get the knack of divining the clutch’s biting point, but a more clutch would definitely be on our list of priorities for the facelift in a of years.

Apart from the clutch, the is as easy to drive as you would from a Kia. The ride is for a small car and the steering is light, but not disconnected from the road. of all, we like the fact it does not feel like a product: the styling both and out looks and feels more than you would expect for the

Our ‘2’ trim level includes a surprising amount of Air conditioning, Bluetooth, rear windows and electric mirrors are all for a list price of £9,595, is extremely impressive. However, it a while to realise the Picanto comes with a trip The ‘control’ for the computer is actually the reset button set into the


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We are glad to have a trip at all, but that is like a computer with no facility for a

So we are big fans of the Picanto then? there is a particularly unpleasant in the room: fuel consumption. The figure is fantastic: 67.3 mpg would suggest a real-world of around 55 mpg, given the fatuous EU test cycle over-allows by around 20%. right.

Driving around the first tank-full disappeared at the rate of 35 mpg. The second which was used half on and half in town, provided 38.4 mpg. That to 37 mpg overall for the Focus 1.6 Ecoboost in the conditions, which has more twice the power of the 68 bhp Picanto.

A friend who bought a Picanto their own money and lives in the country gets 45 mpg, so it is not our example that has an issue. As it I used to have a 1980s Y10 a 1.0 litre car based on the first-generation Panda. It had none of the Picanto’s (or safety, to be honest), but it had similar and economy that was between 40 mpg and 50

So has economy really improved as as has been claimed, or have cars just got better at the EU tests?

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