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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 2 - Kia Picanto

Updated on September 30, 2008


The spicy little Picanto is definitely one of the cream of the crop in what is an extremely crowded class of vehicles. With fantastic fuel economy and an extremely economical price, the Picanto should be on the short list of anyone who is looking to buy one of these Euro-spec cars. The Picanto does everything right, and although its build quality can't begin to compare to the Toyota Aygo or the Honda Jazz, it is a far cry from the days when Kias would fall apart on the way home from the dealership. It's a great little car and one definitely worth considering.


The Kia Picanto Hatchback 1.0 5 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $8,856.00, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 999 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 93 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 16.4 seconds. The performance factor of 10.7 is average for its class. The Kia Picanto Hatchback 1.0 5 Door returns 64.2 MPG in highway driving, 47.9 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 57.6. With a fuel tank capacity of 7.7 gallons, the car can travel 494 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 596 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Kia Picanto Hatchback 1.0 5 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 89, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.


Kia Picanto Hatchback 1.0 5 Door •





Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 5

Seats • Number of • 4

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 999 / 4

Valves • Number of • 12

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 61 / 5600

Torque (lb / ft) • 63

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3535

Overall Width (mm) • 1595

Overall Height (mm) • 1480

Front Seat Head Room (mm) • 984

Front Seat Leg Room (mm) • 1004

Rear Seat Head Room (mm) • 966

Rear Seat Knee Room (mm) • 622

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 220

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 882

Turning Radius (m) • 4.6

Towing Capacity (kg) • 700

Curb Weight (kg) • 929


0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 16.4

Top speed (MPH) • 93



Alloy Rims / Wheels • Option Not Available

Metallic Exterior Paint • $330.00


Automatic Transmission • Option Not Available

Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Option Not Available

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Option Not Available

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Option Not Available

Automatic Traction Control • Option Not Available

Electronic Stability System • Option Not Available

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Deadlock • Option Not Available

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Alarm • Option Not Available

Secure Spare Tire • Option Not Available

Window Etching • Standard Equipment

Locking Wheel Lugs • Option Not Available

Side Impact Safety Bars • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • Option Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available

Parking Sensor For Front • Option Not Available


Leather Surface Seats • Option Not Available

Climatic Control • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Reach • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Height • Option Not Available

Power Steering • Option Not Available

Adjustable Seat Height • Option Not Available

Adjustable Power Seats • Option Not Available

Air Conditioning • Option Not Available

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Front Windows • Standard Equipment

Remote Mirrors • Option Not Available

Electrically Heated Mirrors • Option Not Available

Power Moonroof • Option Not Available

Manual Moonroof • Option Not Available

Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available


Hands Free Cell Phone • Option Not Available

Satellite GPS Navigation • Option Not Available

Radio • Option Not Available

Radio With RDS • Option Not Available

Multi CD • Option Not Available

iPod / MP3 Connector • Option Not Available

Bluetooth Enabled • Option Not Available

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • Standard Equipment

CD With RDS • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available


City MPG • 47.9

Highway MPG • 64.2

Combined MPG • 57.6

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 7.7

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 117

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $17.00

Eco Rating • B

Insurability Grouping • 2

Estimated Average Insurance • $281.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 36.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $183.00

Maintenance Factor • 23

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $911.00

Maintenance Intervals • 6,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / Unlimited Mileage


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      Southern Euro Guy 6 years ago

      First of all I do not think there should be any regulation preventing anyone from driving whatever they want. I do think American buyers should have more choices. Not sure when this article was written, but I own a 2009 Hyundai i10. It is the same as the Kia Picanto, but slightly more upscale. I am a large guy at 6'2" and over 300 pounds and I love the car for any trip under 2 hours. Unfortunately I do drive every aggressively and often in urban gridlock. With this being said the car's average fuel consumption is around 35 mpg. I once drove reasonably to see the upper capabilities of the car and almost achieved 55 mpg, in the city with full AC. Unfortunately with the German Autobahn I drive 80mph or more, but I think at American highway speeds the fuel economy would be very high. With the seats folded down I can carry most things and I have, including kitchen tables, assembled bookshelves and mattresses. The Hyundai has many options not listed above included in the 9000€ I paid for it and many, many more optional accessories.