Kia Picanto to beat rising petrol prices

* Sub 100-g/km Kia Picanto * Car revealed at Geneva motor show * On sale in the spring...

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What Car? Staff
24 Jan 2011 02:00 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Kia's new Picanto supermini looks like it will cost peanuts to tax and run after the car maker promised sub-100g/km versions for the UK.

Five-door versions of the car will go on sale in late spring, while three-door models won't appear until the autumn.

It will come with a choice of four new 1.0 or 1.2-litre petrol engines. The current 1.0-litre Picanto emits 114g/km of CO2 and doesn an average of 58.8mpg.

However Kia promises that some versions of the new Picanto, fitted with its ISG stop-start technology, will have CO2 emissions of 'between 90 and 100g/km'. So average fuel economy could be nearer 70mpg for some models.

The engines will be mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto gearbox.

The new Picanto will get big-car features such as LED lights, button-start with smart key and six or seven airbags, depending on model.

If you click on the More pictures link, you can see a photo of the new Picanto's interior for the first time.

The car will be unveiled on March 1 at the Geneva motor show.