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2017-07-12 08:39

#GETIN:Kia has launched its third-generation Picanto in SA. The new car goes on sale from July 14 2017. Image: Kia Motors SA

  • New design
  • New cabin with ‘floating’ HMI
  • More spacious interior
  • Improved boot space

Cape Town –  New design, enhanced technology, improved interior space... Kia has launched its new third-generation Picanto in South Africa.

The new city car will be on sale from July 14 2017. It's available with two petrol engine options (1.0-litre and 1.2-litre) and three specifications (Start, Street and Style). Prices start from R134 995 for the 1.0 Start Manual.

The new Picanto is no larger than the model it replaces; 1.4m tall, 3.5m long and 1.5m wide. Built on a new platform, the new city car boasts a longer wheelbase and longer rear overhang (the front overhang is reduced by 25mm, to 675mm).

In terms of design, it gains strong straight lines that run horizontally across the front of the car, emphasising its "tiger-nose" grille and new wrap-around headlights. It also gains lines along its flanks, shoulder and wheel arches.


Picanto 1.0 START Manual - R134 995
Picanto 1.0 STREET Manual - R149 995
Picanto 1.0 STYLE Manual - R159 995
Picanto 1.0 STYLE Auto - R172 995
Picanto 1.0 SMART Manual - R179 995
Picanto 1.2 START Manual - R150 995
Picanto 1.2 START Auto - R163 995
Picanto 1.2 STREET Manual - R165 995
Picanto 1.2 STYLE Manual - R175 995
Picanto 1.2 STYLE Auto - R188 995
Picanto 1.2 SMART Manual R195 995


The 1.0- and 1.25-litre naturally aspirated multi-point injection (MPI) petrol engines are carried over from the outgoing Picanto but feature a range of enhancements to improve efficiency and overall responsiveness. Both engines are paired with a five-speed manual transmission delivering power to the front wheels. An optional four-speed automatic is available.

The 1.0-litre MPI produces 49kW/96Nm while the 1.25-litre MPI engine is rated at 61kW/122Nm.

Start or Smart?

The entry level Start has manual aircon, tilt-adjustable steering, a radio (with RDS and MP3 capability), Aux and USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity and two speakers.

Street versions add power front windows, steering wheel-mounted controls, remote central locking with an alarm and immobiliser and driver’s seat height adjustment. Style versions gain front projection foglights, daytime running lights, auto light control, a rear window wiper and front seat back pockets. 

Top-of-the-range Smart derivatives are fitted with bi-function projection headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED rear combination lights, electrically-folding, heated side-mirrors (with integrated LED indicators), aluminium pedals, two-tone cloth and leather upholstery, a leather-upholstered steering wheel and gear knob, the 7" colour infotainment system, Bluetooth with Voice Recognition.

Lower specification derivatives feature a 3.8" monochrome TFT LCD audio system while high-spec variants sport a 7" full-colour touchscreen with  Bluetooth connectivity. The 7" touchscreen supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Auxiliary and USB ports are located at the base of the centre console.

The Picanto is available in a choice of 11 colours and depending on the model can be fitted with either 13" or 14" steel wheels with stylish wheel covers, or a choice of 14" and 15" aluminium alloy wheel designs.

More space

Luggage capacity grows from 200 litres to 255 litres and is available with a two-step boot floor, which can be raised or lowered by 145mm. The rear-seat bench can be folded down increasing cargo capacity to 1010 litres.

All models bar the entry-level variants are fitted with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), as well as a driver and passenger airbag. All versions have ISOFIX child seat anchors.  

A sunroof is available as an option on the Smart versions for an additional R8500. Adding even further value to the Kia Picanto package is KIA’s class-leading 5-year or Unlimited Kilometre Warranty, inclusive of 3-years or Unlimited Kilometres Roadside Assistance, as standard. A service is available as an option through Kia Financial Services. 

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