2004 Kia Picanto LX 1.1
I purchased my Picanto from the first batch that was imported into Malaysia. I like the design and was told by the salesman who claimed that this is a very economical car in terms of fuel consumption.
However, this was not the case. You could only achieve about 10 kilometer per liter.
I am in the opinion that the manufacture had given false information / advertisement on its alleged fuel economy.
I have also seen some write-ups before that claim the car could do 600 - 700 kilometers on a full tank!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th April, 2005
I'm getting approx. 630Km driving carefully not above 100km/hr. When above this iot does start to drink the petrol though.
Maybe your driving style plays a part. U should not accelerate too much since your picanto is a auto. Try to maintain @ 2000 - 2500rpm.
The fuel consumption drops with kilometers. After few thousand kilometers the consumption will be less.
I purchased my Picanto in December 2004.
The Picanto achieves about 15 km per liter, that includes city peak traffic driving and passing 130 km/h quite often.
I am delighted with my Picanto and I think it was a bargain.
I bought my Picanto only this August 2005, and made 14.3km (1st full tank), 14.5km (2nd full tank), and 15.25km (3rd full tank). This is city and hi way driving with the aircon always on.
I am getting serious about buying one. It does appear that Picanto is designed for about 90km/hour city driving, like in Singapore. Most likely, the salespeople expect you to be knowledgeable of it/otherwise as ignorant.
It would be better if the car is deisgned for the 110km/hour North-South Highway, too.