Kia adds new 1.2 entry-level Picanto

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The Kia Picanto is now available in a 1.2 LS derivative, which is said to offer extra oomph over and above the LS spec.

The Picanto 1.2 LS will sit above the 1.0 LS in the range, making it the second-most affordable model that Kia offers. The introduction comes after Kia Motors South Africa launched the 1.0 LS, which has become the best-seller in the range, the importer says, late last year.

The 1.2 LS is available in both manual and automatic guises with the latter being R13k more expensive than the former. Specification wise the 1.2 LS is identical to the 1.0 LS (that means you can differentiate it by its colour-coded bumpers and 14-inch steel wheels).

The interior is equipped with air-conditioning, a trip computer, USB and auxiliary audio ports and split-folding rear seats. There isn’t an audio system installed in the car as standard, but Kia says it is wired and ready for the installation of an aftermarket unit.

On the engine front, the 1.2-litre unit is naturally aspirated and delivers 65 kW and 120 Nm – respectable outputs at this price point. Fuel economy is claimed at 5.0 L/100 km with a tank range of about 700 km from the 35-litre tank.

The 1.2 LS comes with Kia Motors South Africa's recently-introduced 5-year/unlimited km warranty. A 2-year/45 000 km service plan is available as a R7 500 option.

Kia Picanto prices in South Africa

1.0 LS Manual R129 995
1.2 LS Manual R139 995
1.2 LS Automatic R152 995
1.0 LX Manual R159 995
1.0 LX Automatic R172 995
1.2 EX Manual R178 995
1.2 EX Automatic R191 995

Read our comparison of the Kia Picanto 1.2 vs Suzuki Swift 1.2

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