KIA Picanto – Your urban hatchback!
In March 2011, in Geneva, at the international exhibition, the brand new Kia Picanto was introduced to the world, and in the summer of that year it hit the Russian markets. This hatchback was produced in two versions – 3-door and 5-door.
In 2014, the updated second-generation Kia Picanto was presented at the Swiss exhibition. The presented car left with it its own unique style, but the developers changed the bumpers and changed lighting equipment, thanks to such changes the car began to seem more serious.
The interior design of the machine was also changed, chrome inserts were added near the dashboard, better interior materials were used, and this year it is planned to add a multimedia system with a 7-inch display.
In addition, the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine that meets Euro-6 environmental standards has changed, but, unfortunately, this does not apply to the domestic market. Picanto no longer seems like a toy car – he has become powerful, but not aggressive.
The designer of the car was a great professional Peter Schreyer. He created the unique design of Picanto. The front of the car will demonstrate large headlights that resemble a spotlight, and between the LED running lights there is always a “tiger mouth”. The bumper houses massive air intakes and fog lights..
On the side, the Korean also looks very harmonious. He has a short hood, small overhangs, in general, nothing more. The three-door version has a slightly raised ass and looks more sporty.
Interestingly, the number of doors absolutely did not affect the dimensions of the body, they are standard 3595 * 1595 * 1480 mm. And the ground clearance of the updated Picanto is 142 mm. Maximum standard increase in clearance of 152 mm.
Thanks to the harmonious interior, it seems that this is a more status car than the A-class. A 2-spoke steering wheel is located in front of the driver’s seat. The instrument panel is very convenient and not loaded with a large number of buttons. The most emphasized buttons on the regulation of music and climate control settings. But even in the minimum configuration, where instead of most bells and whistles, there are stubs, the car does not make a cheap impression. The entire dashboard is treated with dark and silver plastic, and in some models also with high-quality leather.
It may seem right away that the Korean interior is cramped, but it only seems. The new KIA has a wide range of front seat adjustments, so you can choose the position that is most comfortable for the driver. The back seat for three will certainly be cramped, but for two there it will be very comfortable.
The capacity of the Picanto trunk is 200 liters, and if you fold the back seat, then about 918 liters. Also in the trunk there is a spare tire and a set of necessary tools.
Now let’s look at the technical specifications of the machine. Picanto is presented in different trim levels. The simplest model has a 1.0-liter engine, its power limit is 66 “horses” and a torque of 95 Nm at 5500 rpm. The car has front-wheel drive and a five-speed gearbox, it accelerates in 14.6 seconds to 100 km / h. And gas consumption is 4.6 liters per 100 km.
The next version of the model with an engine capacity of 1.2 liters. Its performance: 85 horsepower at 6000 rpm, acceleration in 13.7 seconds.
The new Picanto was created on the Hyundai i10 platform, which is no longer insignificant, since these are independent racks on the front axle and a semi-independent beam on the rear. The machine is extremely lightweight, taking into account the fact that the material of which the body is made includes high-strength steel, so its weight is in the range of 840 – 900 kg. In addition, the design advantages of the car are clearly pronounced: an electric power steering, a braking system consisting of ventilated discs in front and drum devices in the back.
There are several common configurations of this wonderful car, let’s start with the maximum equipment, and so:
– hatchback in the maximum configuration – it’s alloy wheels, full-time “music”, access to the car without a key and in addition electronic engine start, climate control, cruise control, reverse parking sensors, a special system that helps to start when lifting, airbags as in front and frontal, as well as other options. The cost of this work of art is about 800,000 rubles;
– a more “budget option” is the 5-door Picanto Classic, which differs from the base model by the presence of a heated leather steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, in addition there is heating for the front seats;
– Well, the basic model, so to speak, an economical option is a 3-door hatchback and of course Classic too. Available: fabric trim, two front airbags, power steering, power windows, 12-volt power outlet and steel wheels 14 inches. Its price is approximately 490,000 rubles.
In general, we can only expect a modern new Kia Picanto car of the second generation in the domestic market. So decide, choose and be sure to purchase this wonderful car.
It remains to wish you good luck, as the saying goes: “Neither a nail nor a rod, dear motorists!”
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