The Kia Picanto 1 1.0 three-door costs less to run than a solar powered calculator. Shall
we consider the maths? This city car averages 67.3mpg rising to 78.5mpg on the extra-
urban cycle. Even through town – where cars tend to guzzle gas like the world's most
powerful number cruncher – it manages a highly respectable 52.3mpg. The result of this
fuel efficiency is that the Picanto has low emissions of 99g/km. That places it in road tax
band 'A', so the disc is free. No need for a calculator, then. There is one further maths
point to consider. Often, the price of environmentally friendly vehicles is so high that it
cannot fit on the screen of a calculator.
Not the Kia Picanto 1 1.0 3dr - it only costs £7,795.
The Kia Picanto has strengths to complement its low running costs. For starters, it is very
nicely equipped for the price. It therefore has: power steering, central locking, an alarm,
immobiliser, electric front windows, a CD player, and an electronic stability programme.
Very nice too. This number lover also has a decent ride, five-speed manual transmission,
light steering, fair acceleration, excellent visibility, and composed handling. Now for a
surprise. The Picanto has a 200-litre boot. That may sound smaller than a Casio FX82-L
- but this city car has more seat-up cargo capacity than the Citroen C1, Peugeot 107, and
the Nissan Pixo. The Picanto also has a class leading seven year manufacturer warranty
that could save you a small fortune. How much? Who knows? My calculator has exploded.
By Stephen Turvil
Fri, 31 Aug 2012