With a facelifted Picanto waiting in the wings, Kia has sweetened the deal on its budget-car range by offering buyers 2 free tanks of fuel every month for the first 6 months of ownership (if they buy one before 31 December 2020)*.
The 3rd-generation Kia Picanto – a former #CarsAwards – powered by WesBank finalist – came to market in 2017 and the affordable city car remains a popular choice for first-time new car buyers in the South African market. Kia has done its bit to improve the value offering of the Picanto range (prices begin at R184k and range to R250k)... In mid-2019, it introduced a standard 2-year/30 000 km service plan and 6 months later, introduced a range of detail upgrades throughout the range, followed by the addition of a 1.0 Runner panel van variant a few months ago.
Pricing for the Kia Picanto begins at R184k, with the entry-level Start specification now featuring 2 front airbags and ABS.
However, with a facelifted version of the Picanto scheduled to be introduced in South Africa early in 2021, Kia has come up with an attractive runout deal for the current pre-facelift model. In what is sure to appeal to cash-strapped buyers looking to minimise running costs, if you purchase a new Picanto before the end of year, Kia will comp you 2 free tanks of fuel for free every month for the first 6 months* (from date of registration).
Recent spec update
Earlier this year, Kia added specification across the range, most notably on the entry-level Start, which gained an additional airbag (for the front passenger, in addition to the one mounted in the steering wheel) and added ABS and EBD, which will please safety-conscious buyers.
The Picanto Start derivatives include standard features such as 13-inch steel wheel with cosmetic covers, power steering with steering adjustment, manual air conditioning, radio with Bluetooth and a USB/Aux input. All Start derivatives are powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine that produces 49 kW and 96 Nm of torque and comes mated with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
The entire Picanto range now benefits from increased feature specification.
Over and above Start specification, the mid-spec Picanto Street adds features such as electric windows, a multifunction steering wheel and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. What's more, the Street specification has now been bolstered with the addition of an 8-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The side mirrors are also heated, while the 14-inch steel wheels boast a revised cover design.
Street derivatives are powered by the same 1.0-litre engine as their Start stablemates, but buyers can also opt for a perkier 1.25-litre petrol engine with 61 kW and 122 Nm of torque. Both engines are available in conjunction with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
Kia Motors South Africa claims the Picanto is "renowned for having one of the best resale values in South Africa".
The Picanto Style offers a few more nice-to-haves such as a 3-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel and leather-clad gear lever. This derivative is now distinguished by integrated turn signals in the side mirror housings, which are also now electrically foldable. Fourteen-inch alloys are standard.
The range-topping Picanto Smart, which is offered exclusively with the 1.25-litre engine and a choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, features LED daytime running lights, sporty-looking alloy wheels, a full leather interior, as well as a sunroof, which is certainly a rarity in the budget car segment. Meanwhile, park-distance control and a reverse-view camera are available at extra cost.
As before, the Picanto is sold with a 5-year/unlimited km warranty (including roadside assistance), as well as a 2-year/30 000 km service plan.
* Fuel calculated at full tank capacity of 35 litres, with cost per litre being R14.83 at two tanks per month. Please note that this is dependent on driver behaviour and the type of traffic customers travel in on a daily basis.
Kia Picanto (2020) Price in South Africa
|1.0 Start||R183 995|
|1.0 Street||R195 995|
|1.0 Start auto||R197 995|
|1.0 Runner panel van||R203 995|
|1.2 Street||R204 995|
|1.0 Style||R205 995|
|1.0 Street auto||R209 995|
|1.2 Style||R214 995|
|1.2 Street auto||R218 995|
|1.0 Style auto||R219 995|
|1.2 Style auto||R228 995|
|1.2 Smart||R235 995|
|1.2 Smart auto||R249 995|