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.