Kia Picanto to beat rising petrol prices

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

Kia Picanto to beat rising petrol prices

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.