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£106 - Kia Picanto 1.0

posted on Aug 19 2008 by Kyle McWilton

This has got to be the car for you if your trying to save a few quid in this credit crunch. The Kia Picanto 1.0 is only £106+VAT and is available for both Business Users and Private Individuals based on a 2 or 3 year contract hire lease. For more information please contact the Car Leasing team on 01273 789 900, alternatively see the latest Kia Picanto deals here.

The designers at Kia have been busy with their pencils and the outcome of the new KIA Picanto is going down a storm. The biggest changes to the car are its new front bumper, bonnet, wings and headlights: all revised to give it, according to Kia, a fresher look. The grille is new, too, and Kia's surgeons have been at work inside as well, giving the car a more upmarket feel with a new dash and door trims, as well as adding dials that are backlit in orange to echo the company's new cee'd.

This little car has specification of its larger rivals with power steering, electric front windows, a CD player and twin front airbags. The first thing you will notice about the Kia Picanto is that it's a very small car, about 50cm shorter than a Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa, for example. On the one hand, that's good news - it's great for nipping in and out of city traffic and easy to slot into parking spaces, for example.

But, on the other hand, you can't deny the laws of physics - this is a small car, and it's a long way off its most spacious supermini rivals. Inside this Kia Picanto there surprisingly a good amount of room and the high-roofed design means there's loads of headroom up front and, as long as you're not over six feet tall, the legroom is pretty decent, too. The boot, too, is very much on the small side - it will take a couple of bags of shopping, but not much more - but at least the split-folding rear seats drop down to leave a decent amount of space when you don't need the rear seats.

What more do you want from a super mini What will leave a smile on your face, though, are the running costs. Not only is the Picanto cheap to buy, it's cheap to run, too. Every model is in a low insurance group and should return more than 50mpg. To cap it all, the 1.0-litre version emits less than the critical 120g/km making this a super little car for both Business users and company car tax, or priovate individuals trying to make a saving on motoring.

As a second car for a family or a first car for a young person or couple, the Picanto makes a lot of sense. Given its smart looks and good quality, it's amazingly cheap to buy, and has attractively low running costs. There aren't many more pleasant ways to pinch the pennies on four wheels: use it as a city runabout, and you won't have anything to complain about.