KIA PI­CANTO

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Priced from R134 995

Kia Mo­tors South Africa added its new Pi­canto to lo­cal list­ings. The model bears a strong re­sem­blance to its pre­de­ces­sor, yet comes across as some­what more edgy and modern.

With the all-new tur­bocharged 1,0-litre en­gine not yet avail­able for our mar­ket, South Africa-bound Pi­canto mod­els re­main pow­ered by the same nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 1,0-litre three­cylin­der and 1,2-litre four-cylin­der en­gines from the pre­vi­ous range.

Oddly, both pow­er­trains are a lit­tle down on power com­pared with their re­spec­tive pre­dessors. The 1,0-litre now de­liv­ers 49 kw, while the 1,2-litre has been low­ered to 61 kw from 65. Com­pen­sat­ing for this ad­just­ment is slightly more torque from both mills. The 1,0 de­liv­ers 95 N.m, with the 1,2-litre up to 122 N.m. In the end, nei­ther model’s claimed 0-100 km/h times have changed.

Both en­gine op­tions can be paired with ei­ther a man­ual or au­to­matic transmission and one of four trim lev­els; Start, Street, Style and Smart.

Start mod­els fea­ture man­ual air-con­di­tion­ing, tilt-ad­justable steer­ing, a ra­dio with RDS and MP3 ca­pa­bil­ity, aux-in and USB con­nec­tor jacks, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity and 13-inch steel wheels.

Street vari­ants add elec­tric front win­dows, steer­ing wheel-mounted au­dio re­mote con­trols, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing with an alarm and immo- biliser, as well as driver’s seat-height ad­just­ment and 14-inch steel wheels.

Style mod­els fur­ther­more gain front pro­jec­tion foglamps, daytime-run­ning lights, au­to­matic head­lamps, a rear win­dow wiper, front seat back pock­ets and 14-inch al­loy wheels.

Fi­nally, top-of-the-range Smart vari­ants add pro­jec­tion head­lamps, LED daytime-run­ning lights, LED rear com­bi­na­tion lights, elec­tri­cally fold­ing and heated side mir­rors with in­te­grated LED in­di­ca­tors, alu­minium ped­als, cloth/leather up­hol­stery, a leather-bound steer­ing wheel and gear knob, a cen­tre arm­rest, a seven-inch full-colour touch­screen, Blue­tooth, rear park­ing sen­sor, a re­vers­ing cam­era and 15-inch al­loys. All Pi­canto mod­els fea­ture the brand’s five-year/ un­lim­ited km war­ranty.

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