Kia Picanto takes ‘Small Car’ title

Scotland’s Car of the Year judges named the small, three- or five-door car as their favourite car in the small car market for 2011 in the prestigious awards.

Association of Scottish Motoring Writers’ (ASMW) president John Murdoch said: “Not only is our top small car good to drive, easy to park, affordable to buy and cheap to run but it’s good looking and benefits from the quality feel of its larger siblings.”

The car was praised for its small and economical petrol engines, which come in 1.1-litre and 1.25-litre alternatives with the new small car.

Boasting Kia’s all-new design language, the new Kia Picanto was launched in the UK in September and has been praised for its low prices but high quality interior and fun driving dynamics.

Kia’s Managing Director Michael Cole said: “With economic conditions not picking up, people are looking to down-size and want to stretch the domestic budget still further. Picanto does that for them.”

The new Kia Picanto is on sale now in the UK. Five-door versions start from £7,995 and three-door models will go on sale later in 2011.

Cole added: “Of course retail customers can be sure of our quality thanks to our unrivalled bumper to bumper and fully transferable seven year warranty.”

Kia’s seven-year warranty can be transferred to a second driver and lasts for seven years or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. With the exception of Vauxhall’s lifetime warranty (again lasting 10,000), Kia’s is potentially the longest new car warranty in the UK.