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Hello Picanto Folk,

I am considering buying a new Picanto Automatic in the new year and just wondered if any of you own the Automatic version? I would be interested to know what sort of mpg you are averaging and what you think of the car generally.
I will be downsizing from a large car and have heard that the new Picanto is one of the most quiet, refined little cars around. Do you find them quiet on our terrible roads? Are they well built (no rattles, creaks etc)? Do they cope with motorways well? The last city car that I owned was dreadful in motorway crosswinds. Any general feedback gratefully received because magazine road tests are all well and good but nothing beats feedback from people who live with the car every day.
One thing that annoys me is that you cannot order one with a sunroof when the option is available in other markets. Oh well, can't have it all.
Thanks in advance and apologies for all the questions!

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Had my Automatic 1.25 for a couple of months now. Not driven it too much ""¦ only 650+ km.

It is a fairly quiet car from an engine point of view. Noise is very much about road surface. It will be the dominant noise and depend on
the road conditions you have.

I find highway use very acceptable for a 1.25 Way better than the 1.0 liter
version. Power band is around the 3000
RPM mark, so if you are doing 100 KPH and put your foot down, you feel the car
wanting to go. From a standing start, the auto feels a
little sluggish until you reach about 60KPH, but then she pulls a lot better. (I
am used to a 1.6 liter car) If you
limit the gear box range by preventing the 4<sup>th</sup> gear, you can get a
better acceleration from Start.
(remember, the 4<sup>th</sup> gear is almost same ratio as the 5<sup>th</sup>
gear of manual version)



No rattles or creaks what so ever. Build quality is what sold the car for
me. I do though, have an annoying
vibration (at a specific RPM range - not engine noise though) when car is cold. It goes away
after a few minutes. I can not seem to
trace it yet.



Fuel Consumption ""¦ hmmm ""¦ so far I have not given it a long
run. All runs have been to shops and schools
and thus not contributing to a decent consumption at all. Will be taking the car on a moderate run
this weekend, so will see what it can do.



Sound system in car lacks bass. This is a let down. But the Bluetooth, electrics and other
features make up for it.



Steering .. it gets criticism from a lot of reviewers. Can't say it bothers me too much other than
the artificial stiffing up at higher speed. This makes it less sensitive to small
adjustments needed to crosswind. Once
again, you get used to this, but you may want to check this out more carefully
before purchasing the car. My side of
the world (South Africa,
Cape Town) I get a lot of wind and
so far it has not bothered me much.



Other comments:
Overall very good car for the money in SA. Very happy with it. Only issue that is unexpected, it that when
windows are half way down and you close the door, they rattle/bang. This could have been better. But the issue is only when door is
closed. No issues when driving.

I have the sunroof version.
Sorry to hear you cannot get it.
 

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Thanks MrDIY for such a comprehensive reply.


I will take a test drive in January to help make my mind up on some of these issues. I have a friend who borrowed one recently as a courtesy car and he said that it was pretty good. His only problem with the automatic box was that it held onto the gears too long, even when he lifted off slightly. I will look out for that. He also commented that the fuel gauge dropped very quickly which is more concerning.



Thanks again for your comments.
 

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<!-->"Held onto gear too long" .... no no ... other way round for me.

You need to learn how to "drive" the gearbox to
get max performance. The car electronics is constantly trying to
optomise fuel performance and tends to change gear before you may want it to.

From what I can tell, the fuel gauge is not a linear scale. On filling
the tank, it sits a long time on full (probably about 6 liters worth) and then
does go down quickly in relation to how it sat on full.
 

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Good to hear that it likes to change up early. I find it easy to make an automatic hold on to its revs if need be but a gearbox that doesn't like to change up is annoying.

I had read other comments about the rather random behaviour of the fuel gauge and so this is not a worry in itself.

Thanks again for the feedback.
 

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On a full tank, I managed 120km before the needle started to move/
drop. But then it does drop quickly.




Had a problem this week though ""¦ car engine started jerking
while accerating from a robot. Would not
run properly until engine turned off and restarted. But then engine light remained on and car
operated in ""limp home mode""� . Took car
to Kia dealer who found that a fuel solenoid or something got stuck full
open. Will need to monitor this to see
if it happens again.



Now while there, I asked bout the steering. I complained it was too stiff. Apparently the electric assisted steering is
turned off when car reaches 80km/h.
They changed the steering ""plan""� to make it a little lighter at
speed. I have found this to be an
improvement.
 

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Interesting. I have just read an update on the Picanto that What Car? magazine are running. Apparently Kia have a fix for the fuel gauge issue whereby the needle doesn't move for ages and then drops quickly. Something to do with faulty fuel level sensors.
 
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