Kia Pi­canto ISG

Price: $18,590 CO2: 100g/km

Element - - Transport -

Be it ever so hum­ble, the Kia Pi­canto ISG is New Zealand’s most eco­nom­i­cal petrol-pow­ered new car. That hon­our be­longs to just one model, how­ever: the en­try-level Pi­canto ISG (for Idle Stop Go), which has the same 1250 pow­er­plant as the rest of the range but drives through a con­ven­tional five-speed man­ual gear­box and fea­tures a stop/start sys­tem. It makes a big dif­fer­ence: the ISG model re­turns an of­fi­cial fig­ure of 4.3 litres, while the four-speed au­to­matic (sans ISG) sucks up a whole ex­tra litre per 100km.

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