Mid-life re-squaring for Kia Picanto


On the market since 2011, Kia Motors South Africa has given its budget Picanto supermini a mid-life facelift with the addition of some cosmetic tweaks and technology upgrades.

Compared to its predecessor, the newcomer features a squarer front bumper with redesigned foglights that now incorporates daytime running lights, restyled central air intake now separate from the smaller “tiger nose” grille, a slightly altered rear bumper with a matte black strip at the bottom, and squarer rear foglights.

Interior changes are more minimal with the biggest being alternations around the audio system that now incorporates RDS.

Again consisting out of four models with two trim levels, the Picanto remains mechanically unchanged with the base LX still making use of a 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol engine that churns out 51 kW and 94 N.m of torque. Transmission options also continue unchanged with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

Sitting at the top-of-the-range, the EX comes fitted with a 1.2-litre four cylinder mill that makes 65 kW and 120 N.m of torque. Transmission options are the same as that on the LX.

Standard spec remains impressive with the LX featuring air-conditioning, body coloured bumpers and door handles, audio system with aux input and USB, auto lights, full trip computer, front electric windows, central locking, foglights, 14-inch steel wheels, and dual front airbags.

Building on the LX, the EX foregoes the steel wheels for 15-inch alloys and further adds chrome door handles, rear electric windows, electric/heated mirrors, leather covered steering wheel, handbrake and gearknob, side sills, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth and ABS.

A five year / 100 000 km warranty and two year / 45 000 km service plan are standard across the range.



1.0 LX 51 kW / 94 N.m R136 995
1.0 LX AT 51 kW / 94 N.m R148 995
1.2 EX 65 kW / 120 N.m R149 995
1.2 EX AT 65 kW / 120 N.m R161 995


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