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Kia launches new versions of the Picanto, Stonic and Niro

Kia Picanto Zest

Kia has kickstarted 2020 with the launch of a trio of new special editions and trim levels.

All models are on sale from 2 January and come with Kia’s acclaimed seven-year warranty.

The Kia Picanto Zest is the most eye-catching of the new cars, featuring Lime Light green metallic paint as standard. It also boasts 15-inch alloy wheels, grey faux-leather upholstery, a reversing camera and rear privacy glass.

A seven-inch touchscreen, LED rear lights, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto complete the package.

The Picanto Zest is powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine and costs £12,650.

Kia Stonic Maxx

Kia Stonic Maxx

Moving up a size, the new Kia Stonic Maxx comes in white with a contrasting red roof. Standard equipment includes 17-inch graphite-coloured alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, black faux-leather, LED rear lights and a reversing camera.

The Stonic Maxx is powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox (£19,055) or seven-speed automatic (£20,055).

Kia Niro PHEV 2

Kia Niro PHEV 2

Finally, Kia has launched a new entry-level version of the Niro plug-in hybrid. The Niro PHEV ‘2‘ costs £30,265 and comes with a long list of standard equipment.

The specification includes an eight-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, smart cruise control and a towing pack.

Dual-zone climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, lane-keep assist, lane-follow assist, hill-start assist and forward collision avoidance assist are also fitted as standard.

All three models are on sale now.

Kia is also offering up to £2,500 scrappage discount off the price of a new car. A saving of £2,000 is available on the Picanto and Rio, with a £2,500 allowance available on the Stonic, Sportage, Niro hybrid and Niro plug-in hybrid.

The offer is available from now until the end of March 2020. For more information, visit the Kia website.

3,000 people on waiting list for electric Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro waiting list

Joining the list of supercars and sports cars that command long waiting lists is the Kia e-Niro crossover. Three thousand people have put their their names down so far, as demand outstrips supply.

Happily, Kia plans to ramp up production of its new EV. It expects the 3,000 orders to be fulfilled within the first six months of 2020.

Joining the e-Niro in 2020 will be Kia’s new Soul EV, a quirky SUV with the same electric architecture as the Niro. The long-range e-Niro has 280 miles of range and will set you back £34,495 after the Plug-in Car Grant is deducted from the price.

Kia e-Niro waiting list

Those who have yet to order an e-Niro will receive their car no sooner than July 2020. Deliveries of the Soul EV, which opened for orders this last July, are expected to start in April. The Soul is £700 cheaper than the Niro post-grant.

“Since launching e-Niro at the beginning of the year, we have received unprecedented demand which has been a challenge to fulfil,” said Paul Philpott, president and CEO of Kia Motors UK.

“As we enter 2020 with the Soul EV and e-Niro, we and our 190-strong dealer network are ready to meet customer demand for all-electric cars.”

Kia e-Niro waiting list

Demand for electric cars is on the up and the values of second-hand electric cars are holding strong – and increasing in the case of the Renault Zoe.

That’s a marked contrast to the first few years of mainstream electric cars being on sale in the UK, when they depreciated far faster than combustion cars.