Kia Launching Three-Door Picanto

Kia launching three-door Picanto

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The latest Kia Picanto, first launched as a five-door hatchback, will now be available as a three-door version in the UK starting from 1 September.

The new city car introduces unique styling features and new trim levels to the Kia range.

The new three-door model shares the same dimensions as the five-door in order to provide the same level of crash safety and interior space.

Underneath the bonnet, the three-door Picanto can be equipped with a 1.0 or 1.25 litre Kappa-family petrol engine, delivering 68bhp and 84bhp respectively.

The 1.25 unit is available with Kia's EcoDynamics, an engine stop/start system or an automatic transmission alternatively.

The engine range can deliver a fuel economy of up to 67.3mpg with CO2 emissions at just 99g/km, making the Picanto three-door exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty and the Congestion Charge.

Four trim levels are available in total; this includes two brand new high specification versions. The '1' and '1 Air' are carried over from the five-door model while the 'Halo' and 'Equinox' trims are new.

Standard interior equipment on all trims includes motor driven power steering, a trip computer, a RDS radio and CD player with MP3 compatibility.

Exterior features such as body-coloured mirrors and bumpers and twin chromed exhaust outlets are all standard as well.

Each version also has electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock brakes (ABS), and a emergency brake assist system (BAS).

The Halo and Equinox models add equipment such as Bluetooth, LED front and rear lights, body coloured side sill mouldings and a red front grille surround.

The Picanto three-door, which comes with Kia's trademark seven year or 100,000 miles warranty service, is priced from £7,795 on-the-road. The top of the range 1.25 Equinox version has an on-the-road price at £11,695.