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Road tests and reviews of the latest Kia models available in South Africa

2016 Kia Picanto 1.2

By Franky Johnson

KIA Motors South Africa has expanded its Picanto offering with a 1.2-litre LS model to fill the gap between the 1.0 LS and 1.0 LX models.

“The need for reliability still sees many value-seeking consumers opting for a smaller new car rather than a bigger pre-owned car,” says Gary Scott, Director of Sales for Kia Motors South Africa. "In this climate, where affordability continues to drive the trend of downsizing, it makes sense for KIA to expand its Picanto line-up to offer our customers even more choice in the hotly contested A-segment.

“Since its introduction in October last year, the Picanto LS has become the bestselling model in the Picanto line-up, offering customers access to a globally renowned vehicle without having to sacrifice on award-winning design or exceptional quality,” he adds. “We are confident that the new 1.2-litre LS model will follow in its sibling’s footsteps, bolstered by KIA’s new 5-year / Unlimited km warranty.”

Five years since it made its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the KIA Picanto remains the best example of how an affordable car doesn’t have to make any compromises, thanks to its innovative combination of cutting edge and award-wining styling, a high quality interior and an inspiring driving experience. Positioned just above the entry-level Picanto 1.0 LS, the new Picanto 1.2 LS continues KIA’s renowned history of offering customers a significant value proposition without compromising on awesomeness.

Visually, the Picanto 1.2 LS is identical to the Picanto 1.0 LS, offering customers colour-coded bumpers at the front and rear, as well as colour-coded door handles and side mirrors and 14-inch steel wheels shod with 165/60 R14 tyres and full wheel covers. Inside, the LS models feature air-conditioning, tilt-adjustable steering, a trip computer, height adjustable head rests, 60:40 split rear folding seats and a convenient luggage floor box. While the Picanto LS is not fitted with a standard radio, two front speakers and an Aux/USB connection is included and wired to work with an aftermarket radio unit.

The new KIA Picanto 1.2 LS shares its powertrain and five-speed manual transmission with the Picanto EX, with the efficient four-cylinder, 1,2-litre Kappa MPI engine producing 65 kW of power at 6 000 r/min and 120 Nm of torque at 4 000 r/min. The engine features DOHC, dual CVVT (continuously variable valve timing), a cast aluminium block, off-set crankshaft, maintenance-free long-life timing chain and low friction ‘beehive’ valve springs, which aids reduced tailpipe emissions and increased fuel efficiency. The car also features a Shift Indicator Light (manual transmission models), which assists drivers in changing gears in such a way as to optimize fuel efficiency. The new Picanto 1.2 LS is also available with an optional automatic transmission (not available on 1.0 LS models).

Safety remains uncompromised due to the greater percentage of high-strength steel used in the construction of the Picanto’s bodyshell, with greater rigidity achieved through ring-shaped reinforcing loops within the B- and C-pillars, across the floor pan and roof, and additional bracing at the front between the cowl and suspension towers. A driver’s airbag and ISOFIX child seat anchors remain standard.

All models ship as standard with KIA’s class-leading new 5-year / Unlimited km warranty and 5-year / Unlimited km roadside assistance.

Pricing

The KIA Picanto range is available in 10 exciting colours and comprises the following derivatives:
KIA Picanto 1.0 LS Manual R129 995.00
KIA Picanto 1.2 LS Manual R139 995.00
KIA Picanto 1.2 LS Automatic R152 995.00
KIA Picanto 1.0 LX Manual R159 995.00
KIA Picanto 1.0 LX Automatic R172 995.00
KIA Picanto 1.2 EX Manual R178 995.00
KIA Picanto 1.2 EX Automatic R191 995.00

A two-year/45 000km service plan is available across the range at an additional cost, while 1.2 EX models can be specified with an optional sunroof for an additional R7 500.

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