Kia’s new Picanto ‘City’ is prowling the streets

It went on sale this week and there’s no doubt you’ll be seeing a few of these City models because they are a bargain buy. Or a better lease deal…it’s your choice.

Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto City

The new motor is part of Kia’s ‘Originals’ three-door collection and has comprehensive safety features including electronic stability control, vehicle stability management and hill assist control.

Though I don’t think you’ll see anyone who owns one driving so fast that they’ll be using these electronic controls what with the three-cylinder Kappa 1.0 MPI engine.

Makes you wonder why there’s also ‘cornering brake control’ and six airbags.

Having said that, it’s no surprise that the engine only produces 99g/km of CO2 and delivers 67.3 mpg on the combined cycle, making it exempt from road tax and the London congestion charge.

Prices start at £10,245 OTR, including metallic paint, and include Kia’s cracking seven year warranty and you can cover the first three services of the car with the firm’s Care-3 service package for just £269.

It’s this sort of offering which is making the bigger boys sit up and take notice as people opt for comfortable driving and peace-of-mind motoring over the marque.

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