/2012 Kia Picanto Specs

2012 Kia Picanto Specs

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The all-new Kia Picanto made its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show and wowed the crowd with the qualities it offers as an A-segment vehicle.

The totally redesigned Picanto might look a bit like a simpleton, but underneath its small body it is actually quite a car. It will be available as 5-door and 3-door body styles and a range of very clean engines. It even has a 90 g/km CO2 version with 67.3 mpg which is exempted from tax and congestion charges.

The new Kappa engine for this car will be available in three versions. A four-cylinder, 1,248 cc engine that generates 85 ps and 121 Nm of torque tops the line-up.  Two three-cylinder, 998 cc units will present customers with a choice of petrol or Bi-fuel technologies (LPG + petrol) – Bi-fuel is available in selected countries but not the UK.  The petrol engine produces 69 ps and 95 Nm of torque.  The Bi-fuel unit delivers 82 ps and 94 Nm of torque.

Picanto line-up will have a CO2 rating of 99 to 125 g/km.  Fuel economy will range from 67.3 to 42.2 mpg, contributing to lower running costs.

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2012 Picanto is also significantly improved in terms of ride and handling thanks to the new MacPherson strut front suspension, and Coupled Torsion Beam Axle at the rear.  The Picanto’s all-disc braking system, which is standard on all models fitted with Electronic Stability Control, is backed up with standard ABS anti-lock, electronic brake force distribution and emergency ‘brake assist’ systems.

A comprehensive list of safety features including up to six airbags, electronic stability control and hill-start assist plus a stiff and well engineered body shell make sure the car will get the full five-star safety rating. It is also good for pedestrians with a new cross-member below the front bumper, creating a deformable cowling ahead of the windscreen and off-setting the hood striker by 50 mm from the car’s centre line.

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The list of features and equipments of the car on include automatically controlled air-conditioning, electronic and heated folding door mirrors with side repeaters, automatic light control with ‘escort’ and ‘welcome’ modes, steering wheel mounted audio controls, retractable dual cup holder. Other new features available include smart-key entry system with engine start/stop button, AUX, iPod and USB connections for the RDS radio CD player with MP3 compatibility, Bluetooth hands-free with voice recognition,  heated front seats and Intelligent Stop and Go that further enhances fuel economy.


1.25-litre 1.0-litre 1.0-litre Bi-fuel
Displacement cc 1,248 998 998
Power output ps 85 @ 6000 rpm 69 @ 6200 rpm 82 @ 6400 rpm
Torque output Nm 121 @ 4000 rpm 95 @ 3500 rpm 94 @ 3500 rpm
Engine details Kappa 4-in-line, DOHC, four-cylinder with dual CVVT Kappa 3-in-line, DOHC three-cylinder with  dual CVVT


Transmission type Five-speed manual Five-speed manual Five-speed manual
Four-speed auto

Suspension, steering and braking

Front axle Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts    with coil spring, gas-filled dampers and anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Rear axle Semi independent CTBA with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers
Braking system Ventilated front discs 241 x 18 mm, and solid rear discs (234mm x 10mm) with ABS and EBD and ESC
Steering MDPS electric power-assisted, rack-and-pinion, 3.4 turns  lock-lock
Wheels 13 inch x 4.0B/ 14 inch x 5.0J/ 15 inch x 5.5J
Tyres 155/70 R13 / 165/60 R14 / 175/50 R15

Dimensions and weights

Wheelbase mm 2,385
Overall    l / w / h mm 3,595 / 1,595 / 1,480
Front / Rear overhang mm 700 / 510
Front / Rear track mm 1,421 / 1,424
Head / Leg / Shoulder room front mm 1,002 / 1,070 / 1,290
Head / Leg / Shoulder room rear mm 962 / 820 / 1,280
Minimum kerb weight (manual)* kg 855 845 885
Maximum kerb weight (manual)* kg 955 945 985
Turning circle metres 9.8
Drag coefficient Cd 0.31

Performance and fuel consumption

1.25-litre 1.0-litre 1.0-litre Bi-fuel
Acceleration (0-100 kph)* seconds 11.4 14.4 14.4
Maximum speed* kph 171 153 153
Fuel consumption** mpg 65.8 67.3 47.9 (LPG)
CO2 (with ISG)
g/km 105
Fuel tank capacity litres 35 35 35 LPG /10 petrol

* Figures stated are manufacturer’s estimates

** Combined cycle

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