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Discussion in 'Personal' started by catmother, Feb 5, 2011.
Anyone knows how the Picanto handles driving on snow?
Don't know the answer to that catmother but as with any other car,much depends on the driver - even in our part of the world!
Check if you can get winter tyres for it. I got some for the car I told you last year was rubbish in snow and it made a HUGE difference. I still want 4WD when I have some more money but it I'm a lot more confident that I have grip and the ability to break if I have to.
Husband had no problems with his the last two lots of snow we had and he had to get his out of a VERY tight back alley that had a foot of snow on it!
"The Picanto is very capable on open roads. The skinny tyres provide decent grip, and although body control could be kept in better check, it feels competent when pushed hard. It’s stable at motorway speeds too, even if wind noise can be a little intrusive. The ride is less successful, proving a little underdamped. The Kia tends to skip and bounce over potholes and uneven surfaces. There’s little feedback through the steering, but the Picanto is easy to manoeuvre into tight spaces. However, the 64bhp 1.1-litre engine hardly makes it a performance car. Acceleration is not glittering, though in-gear performance is better – even if, at high revs, the unit is short on refinement and not particularly peasant to use. The throttle is also over-sensitive. It’s quieter both at idle and on the move. "
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Thanks to all who have answered. As you can see Airy,I'm still looking but time is running out before MOT expires before must make a decision. My problem is that I cannot stand looking around car dealerships. Would rather stick pins in my eyes ! I'd be quite happy to get same as I've already got but newer but they don't do it anymore!
Catmum, if i were in your position I would do a lot of internet research (reviews etc), including looking for second hand cars at http://www.autotrader.co.uk/
I would be loathe to trek round all the dealerships (rip off).
If you have someone, a friend perhaps, who is a mechanic take them with you to view any car you are interested in. If not approach a mechanic at your local garage and ask if any of the guys would be willing (for a small payment) to do a wee homer for you, and come and check out any possible purchase.
Argh. I hate spotting spelling mistakes after the fact. i meant brake not break. Anyhoo, my recommendation would be a Polo. You can get snow tyres and they are sturdy wee beasts. Failing that, you could always demand a long test drive - I'm pretty sure Cockbridge to Tomintoul still has snow on it!
Mrs blazer says hers goes alright on Snow. It's not the car but the driver that makes the difference.
I have a Kia Rio. It definitely does not seem as good in snow as my old Seat Ibiza, but I'm just more careful now, which isn't necessarily a bad thing! I have managed throughout the winter so far with no major problems. Just go slow!
Why would you need snow tyres?
In parts of the world where they get real snow and need proper snow tyres (with built in steel studs) they have a second set of WHEELS with the snow tyres fitted which they put on the car at the appropriate time. Not only do high proportions of UK drivers not even know how to change a wheel, why would you have a second set of wheels for the three days a year when we have snow? You cannot actually change the TYRE on a wheel because you need specialist equipment to do so (have you seen what they use at the tyre depot?)
BUT I am sure the Kia Picanto will cope admirably in the snow if it has good road tyres on, is driven carefully with gentle throttle and brake inputs and no violent steering, and will be no worse than any other front wheel drive car.
I live in Aberdeenshire,therefore we have proper snow for more than 3 days a year!
I've driven a Kia Picanto in snow, it was fine, as others have said it depends on the driver.
You can also find car reviews on what car, which also allows you to compare up to 3 breeds for handling, boot space etc.!
I was looking for a Fiesta or similar, but happened past the local Kia garage and ended up with a Kia. Cheaper, and, like you, I couldn't be *rsed trailing round looking. Saw car one day, test drove, came home and checked out reviews on what car and bought ex-dem next day.
Yada, yada. I lived in Scotland through the last bad winter worth talking about (1991) with a Cortina with normal road tryes and a shovel. You do not need snow tyres. During the other three years I lived in Scotland I never saw any snow. You do not need snow tyres, unless, maybe, you live in Glen Coe.
If you are so adamant get a set of snow CHAINS and learn how to fit them.