Kia has revised its local Picanto range and added additional specification to provide more value for local buyers.
The third-generation Kia Picanto came to market in 2017 and with it came higher levels of driving and cabin refinement and it remains popular for buyers looking for a reliable and affordable city car.
An important change has taken place on the Picanto’s entry-level Start trim, which now features a front passenger airbag bringing the airbag count to 2 and Kia has also fitted ABS and EBD which will please safety-conscious buyers.
The Picanto Start derivatives include standard features such as 13-inch steel wheel with wheel covers, power steering with steering adjustment, manual air conditioning, radio with Bluetooth and a USB/Aux input.
The Picanto Start is powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine that offers 49 kW and 96 Nm of torque and comes mated with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
The mid-spec Picanto Street build on the specification offered in the Start derivatives by adding features such as electric windows, mounted steering controls and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. Notably though, the Street specification has now been bolstered with the addition of an 8-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The side mirrors are now also heated while the 14-inch steel wheels gain a new plastic cover design.
The entire Picanto range now benefits from increased feature specification.
The Picanto Street employs the same 1.0-litre engine as its Start stablemate but buyers can also opt for a perkier 1.25-litre petrol engine with 61 kW and 122 Nm of torque. Both engines can now be had with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Picanto Style offers a few more nice-to-haves such as a 3-spoke leather 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. 14-ich alloy wheels are standard.
The range-topping Picanto Smart gets all the bells and whistles including LED daytime running lights, sporty alloy wheels and a full leather interior. Kia has listened to customer feedback and a sunroof is now standard on the Smart derivative while a park distance control and rear camera are now offered as an option.
The Picanto Smart is only offered with the 61 kW/122 Nm 1.25-litre engine and is offered with a choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
“In tough economic times where the pressure on affordability is not letting up, the revision of the Picanto range for 2020 brings a significant value offering to the market. Picanto has always been ahead of the pack with its amazing looks and incredible build quality. With more features where it matters, and even more significant value for money, Picanto is once again at the top of its game” said Stephen Crosse, Sales Director, KIA Motors South Africa.
Kia Picanto - Price in South Africa
Picanto 1.0 START Manual - R167 995
Picanto 1.0 START Automatic - R181 995
Picanto 1.0 STREET Manual - R179 995
Picanto 1.0 STREET Automatic - R193 995
Picanto 1.2 STREET Manual - R188 995
Picanto 1.2 STREET Automatic - R202 995
Picanto 1.0 STYLE Manual - R189 995
Picanto 1.0 STYLE Automatic - R203 995
Picanto 1.2 STYLE Manual - R198 995
Picanto 1.2 STYLE Automatic - R212 995
Picanto 1.2 SMART Manual - R219 995
Picanto 1.2 SMART Automatic - R233 995
The Picanto is sold with a 5-year/unlimited km warranty, 2-year/30 000km service plan and Roadside Assistance.