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Kia Picanto hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Kia Picanto is cheap to fuel and keep on the road

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The Kia Picanto has built up a reputation as a dependable, inexpensive mode of family transport, and since it doesn’t stray far from the original concept, the same is true of the latest model.

Kia Picanto MPG & CO2

The 1.0-litre entry-level engine isn’t especially powerful so it doesn’t consume a huge amount of fuel - unless you're having to work hard to keep up with traffic. Kia claims up to 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 127-128g/km, placing it in one of the higher Benefit-in-Kind brackets for company-car tax.

It's only fractionally more efficient than the more powerful 1.25-litre engine, which returns up to a claimed 49.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 129-134g/km. We'd suggest choosing this engine over the 1.0-litre MPI engine if you can afford it, but stick with the manual as opting for the four-speed automatic gearbox slashes economy to up to 43.5mpg, while emissions increase to 148-152g/km for a steeper BiK rating, making it hard to recommend.

The top 1.0 T-GDi engine is a good choice if you don’t mind paying a little extra for stronger performance. However, choosing this engine means you’re limited to GT-Line and GT-Line S specs only. This engine has claimed fuel economy of up to 48.7mpg and emissions of 133g/km.

After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), all Kia Picantos cost £150 a year to tax.

Insurance

The Kia Picanto is likely to be relatively cheap for most buyers to insure. Models with the 1.0-litre engine start in insurance group four and the more powerful 1.25 is in group eight. GT-Line models range from group six to group 10, while X-Line versions are in group seven. However, it’s always advisable to seek an insurance quote before buying a new car.

Servicing

Kia recommends that the Picanto is serviced every year or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. Kia offers Kia Care-3 and Kia Care-3 Plus service plans that look after all your Picanto’s routine maintenance for the first three or five years. These packages can be arranged on any Kia up to 11 months old.

Warranty

Kia upstages many rivals with the generosity of its warranty package. It lasts for seven years or 100,000 miles, and can be transferred to a subsequent owner when you sell it. By comparison, Hyundai offers a five year warranty with no upper mileage limit, while Volkswagen provides a rather meagre three year/60,000 mile policy.

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