New Kia Picanto hits showrooms

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Kia’s Picanto city car has received a mid-life facelift, with fresh styling and more standard equipment.

The cosmetic tweaks run to new headlights, bumpers, and alloy wheel designs, while a new trim level, SR7, replaces the outgoing VR7. SR7 versions are exclusively available with bright ‘Honey Bee Yellow’ paint.

Inside, the 2015 Picanto has extra chrome, gloss-black plastics and an upgraded audio system. The SR7 comes with tinted glass and automatic lights, while the range-topping 4 version gains cruise control with a speed limiter.

The familiar 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre petrol engine line-up remains, but both units will be modified to meet Euro 6 emissions regulations – and develop more torque – from this autumn.

The three-cylinder 1.0 engine offers fuel economy of 67.3mpg with (tax-free) CO2 emissions of 99g/km in standard form, or 68.9mpg and 95g/km when fitted with stop-start. However, you’ll need to choose the larger 1.25 engine if you want an automatic gearbox.

All Picantos come with front, side and curtain airbags, plus Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The range kicks off at £8,345 for the Picanto 1 1.0 three-door, or £8,545 for the equivalent five-door. The new five-door-only SR7 costs from £10,045.

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