Kia Picanto three-door revealedThree-door model on sale from September

17 August 2011

Kia Picanto three door

This is the first time Kia has released a three-door version of the Picanto

Unique sporty looks and stylish trim levels are on the agenda for the new three-door version of the Picanto city car, according to Kia.

This is the first time the Korean carmaker has offered a three-door version of the Picanto, and it joins the latest five-door in an effort to attract a wider range of small car buyers into the Korean carmaker’s showrooms.

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Kia Picanto three-door: the same but different

The new three-door version of the Kia Picanto offers the same internal and external dimensions as its five-door equivalent.

Kia Picanto three door

The three-door Picanto has been designed to be sportier than the five-door model

However, rather than just remove the rear doors, Kia’s designers have given the entire car a subtle going over in an effort to achieve a sportier character. 

To this end, the front grille is enlarged, and available with a choice of red or silver edging trim, while the front bumper has been reprofiled to achieve a lower, wider look complete with additional lower grille.

At the rear there are new visible exhaust tips, and a black centre panel in the rear bumper replaces the body-coloured item on the five-door car.

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Unique equipment levels

Kia Picanto three door

Kia has also fiddled with the spec levels for the three-door Picanto

The three-door Kia Picanto will be offered in four trim levels: 1, 1 Air, Halo and Equinox.

Standard kit on the base-spec 1 includes black upholstery, trip computer, tilt-and-slide front seats, CD player and four speakers; the 1 Air adds air conditioning. The Halo and the Equinox break from Kia’s usual numeric naming conventions – as employed on the Picanto five-door – in a similar manner to the Kia Soul lifestyle vehicle.

Halo and Equinox both include air conditioning, , automatic lights, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights, red grille surround and body-coloured side sill mouldings.

Halo personalises this further with 14-inch alloy wheels, heated seats and steering wheel, rear parking sensors, alloy pedals and a new electronic instrument binnacle called a Supervision Cluster. The upholstery is finished in black and grey with high gloss white interior trim and Lunar Glow metallic paint on the outside.

Equinox – pictured – includes 15-inch alloy wheels, Galaxy Black metallic paint, keyless go, automatic air conditioning, and Chilli red interior with high gloss black trimmings.

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ESP as standard, from £7,795

Kia Picanto three door

ESC comes as standard in the Picanto

All versions include ESC as standard, as well as six airbags.

Starting at £200 less than the five-door, the £7,795 1 and £8,395 1 Air are offered with a 1.0-litre petrol engine producing 68bhp and 99g/km CO2 emissions – which means zero car tax, London Congestion Charge exemption, and a claimed 67.3mpg.

The Halo is available as an Eco Dynamics manual gearbox model for £11,695 or an Auto for £12,295. Both are powered by an 84bhp 1.25-litre petrol engine, with emissions of 100g/km CO2 and 125g/km CO2 respectively – equivalent to a claimed 65.7 and 53.3mpg.

The Equinox comes as a non Eco Dynamics 1.25 petrol manual only, emitting 109g/km and returning a claimed 60.1mpg; it costs £11,695.

The usual Kia seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty is included, and the Picanto three-door goes on sale 1 September.

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