What makes the Kia Picanto 1.0 Style a strong contender in the Budget Car category of the 2017/18 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards programme – powered by WesBank? Read on...
Kia introduced the 3rd-generation Picanto earlier this year with a fresh, modern look and a newly designed interior. Not only is the new Picanto more refined than the model it replaces but its ride quality, interior material quality and practicality has improved too.
3 reasons why the Picanto 1.0 Style is a #CarsAwards finalist…
1. Attractive pricing and warranty
The new Kia Picanto 1.0 Style is attractively priced at R159 995 while offering a comprehensive 5-year/unlimited km warranty. Service plans are, however, optional. Furthermore, Kia is well-established in South Africa with strong dealership support across the country and its latest products, including the Picanto, show the brand’s intentions to move upmarket and produce stylish vehicles, which means you get good value at this price point.
2. Modern interior and fair specification
The Picanto 1.0 Style offers nice-to-have features such as 14-inch alloy wheels, front electric windows, air conditioning, Bluetooth functionality, USB/Aux connectivity and a multifunction steering wheel that’s adjustable for rake and reach. The driver's seat is also adjustable for height. In terms of safety, a total of 2 airbags are fitted as well as featuring ABS with EBD. ISOfix child seat mounts are also fitted.
3. Practical urban runabout
With its improved practicality, the Picanto’s luggage bay is larger at 255 litres and includes a 2-step boot floor that can be lowered by 145 mm to access more space or to keep valuable items hidden out of sight. The rear seats are split in a 60:40 configuration and with the seats folded down, space increases to a useful 1 010 litres. Clever retractable cup holders and a movable armrest are also fitted.
With its naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre engine offering 49 kW and 95 Nm of torque, fuel consumption is good with a claimed figure of 5.0 L/100km, making the Picanto a practical daily runner.
Watch our video review of the new Kia Picanto below!
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