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    Tested: Kia's 'grown up' Picanto 1.2 Smart

    Things move swiftly in the motoring world. It seems just the other day that touchscreen infotainment systems first began appearing in luxury cars, but in a short space of time they’ve filtered down into the budget segment.
    Now, just like in a grand Mercedes S-Class, in the new flagship Smart version of the Kia Picanto you can touch-operate your audio system on a large TFT screen which also comes with a reversing camera.

    The Bluetooth-equipped system has auxiliary and USB ports, voice recognition, and supports Android Auto (not yet available in SA) and Apple CarPlay for full smartphone integration.

    It’s a terrific toy to have in a market segment that was until recently about basic motoring, although this fully-loaded infotainment system is for now available only in the top-of-the-range Picanto Smart models; in the other more humble versions you get a humbler 10cm monochrome touchscreen audio system.

    Perhaps a more controversial omission in the lesser-priced Picantos is ABS brakes, a safety feature that should really be a basic prerequisite in every car.

    The entry-level Picanto Start models are also equipped with just a driver’s airbag while the rest of the range gets inflatable safety for both front seats. Some essential safety features, it seems, are taking a lot longer to filter down to mass-market cars than fancy audio systems.

    This aside, the third-generation Kia Picanto has grown into a generally fine example of mini motoring with improvements to its refinement, handling and space utilisation.

    At 3 595 mm the new Picanto’s the same length as before but a slightly stretched wheelbase and a longer rear overhang have freed up a little more cabin and boot space.

    At 6ft tall I fitted in the rear seat with my knees pressed not-too-tightly against the front seat, and headroom was fine too, while the angle of the rear backrest is slightly more reclined for a more relaxed posture.

    The boot’s also grown from 200 to 255 litres and incorporates a two-step floor that allows some items to be hidden under the floor from prying eyes, although it still gets a biscuit-sized spare wheel.

    Folding down the rear eats expands the cargo bay to a surprisingly roomy 1 010 litres.

    Additional space-optimising craftiness sees the base of the dashboard moved upwards for increased knee and leg room in the front seats, though the steering column’s still adjustable only for height, not reach.

    There’s added oddments space too including a new central armrest/storage compartment between the front seats.

    The new Picanto’s cabin adopts a richer-feeling vibe with new materials and layout, which raises the sense of perceived quality. Cloth-upholstered seats are available as standard, while high-spec models are fitted with two-tone black and grey leather seats.

    With prices ranging from R134995, the new 11-model Picanto range is available as before with a 1-litre petrol engine (49kW/95Nm) or a 1.2-litre (61kW/122Nm) and four different spec levels: Start, Street, Style and Smart.

    Both engines are paired with a five-speed manual transmission feeding the front wheels, with some versions also available with an optional four-speed automatic.

    On test here is the range- topping Kia Picanto 1.2 Smart manual selling for R195 995.

    If the pricetag doesn’t scare you off the car comes with every luxury you’d expect in a modern mini and then some.

    These include automatically-activating headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, trip computer, electrically-folding and heated side mirrors, aluminium pedals, two-tone cloth and leather upholstery, a leather-upholstered steering wheel and gear knob, and the abovementioned full colour infotainment system.

    It all gets moved along by a 1.2 engine that’s 4kW down on power on the old unit but gets 2Nm of extra torque.

    Together with an unthirsty 5.8 litres per 100km consumption our test car tootled about town with decent pace and wasn’t out of its depth on the open road.

    It holds the freeway speed limit comfortably but doesn’t have much quick-overtaking prowess.

    I’d be keen to see Kia’s new 74kW/127Nm 1-litre three-cylinder turbo under that bonnet, but for now that engine’s not destined for our market.

    Kia has used more sound deadening to reduce noise and vibration on the third-generation Picanto, and it’s all quite refined for a small car.

    The engine becomes more vocal when it’s worked harder but not irritatingly buzzy.

    Stiffer anti-roll bars tweak the handling and reduce body roll, and in conjunction with sharpened-up electric power steering the Picanto’s a nimble little thing that scoots about like an excited rodent.

    The ride quality is reasonably choppy however, despite the lengthened wheelbase, and I’ve driven some small cars that felt cushier.

    The clutch is also an odd-feeling thing with no gradual play; it’s like an on-off switch. However you get used to this pretty quickly.

    The price includes Kia’s 5-year/unlimited distance warranty and roadside assistance, and a service plan is optional.

    VERDICT

    Kia’s likeable baby hatch has grown up into a more refined and feature-rich car, and the Picanto range has deservingly been chosen as one of the ten finalists in the 2018 WesBank South African Car of the Year competition.

    The fully-loaded Smart version’s R195 995 pricetag isn’t exactly in the budget league, but if you don’t need all the toys the 1.2 is also available in lesser-specced derivatives starting at a more wallet-friendly R150 995.

    FACTS

    Kia Picanto 1.2 Smart

    Engine: 1.2-litre, 4-cyl, petrol
    Gearbox: 5-speed manual
    Power: 61kW @ 6000rpm
    Torque: 122Nm @ 4000rpm
    Top speed (claimed): 170km/h
    Boot volume: 255 litres
    Price: R195 995
    Warranty: 5-year/unlimited km
    Service plan: Optional

    PICANTO VS RIVALS

    Kia Picanto 1.2 Smart 61kW/122Nm R195 995
    Chevrolet Spark 1.2 LT 60kW/108Nm R173 500
    Fiat Panda 0.9 TwinAir Lounge 63kW/145Nm R199 900
    Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium 82kW/136Nm R203 900
    Hyundai Grand i10 1.25 Motion 64kW/120Nm R186 900
    Suzuki Swift hatch 1.2 GL 63kW/113Nm R169 900
    VW Polo Vivo hatch 1.4 Trendline 63kW/132Nm R183 500

    https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/road-...smart-11387669

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    3 Reasons Why Kia Picanto 1.0 Style is #CarsAwards Finalist

    What makes the Kia Picanto 1.0 Style a strong contender in the Budget Car category of the 2017/18 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards programme – powered by WesBank? Read on...

    Kia introduced the 3rd-generation Picanto earlier this year with a fresh, modern look and a newly designed interior. Not only is the new Picanto more refined than the model it replaces but its ride quality, interior material quality and practicality has improved too.

    3 reasons why the Picanto 1.0 Style is a #CarsAwards finalist…

    1. Attractive pricing and warranty

    The new Kia Picanto 1.0 Style is attractively priced at R159 995 while offering a comprehensive 5-year/unlimited km warranty. Service plans are, however, optional. Furthermore, Kia is well-established in South Africa with strong dealership support across the country and its latest products, including the Picanto, show the brand’s intentions to move upmarket and produce stylish vehicles, which means you get good value at this price point.

    2. Modern interior and fair specification

    The Picanto 1.0 Style offers nice-to-have features such as 14-inch alloy wheels, front electric windows, air conditioning, Bluetooth functionality, USB/Aux connectivity and a multifunction steering wheel that’s adjustable for rake and reach. The driver's seat is also adjustable for height. In terms of safety, a total of 2 airbags are fitted as well as featuring ABS with EBD. ISOfix child seat mounts are also fitted.

    3. Practical urban runabout

    With its improved practicality, the Picanto’s luggage bay is larger at 255 litres and includes a 2-step boot floor that can be lowered by 145 mm to access more space or to keep valuable items hidden out of sight. The rear seats are split in a 60:40 configuration and with the seats folded down, space increases to a useful 1 010 litres. Clever retractable cup holders and a movable armrest are also fitted.

    With its naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre engine offering 49 kW and 95 Nm of torque, fuel consumption is good with a claimed figure of 5.0 L/100km, making the Picanto a practical daily runner.

    https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news...inalist/44102/

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    RPM TV review of the 1.2 Smart


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    SA’s 10 Best-Selling Passenger Cars Of October 2017

    October 2017’s aggregate new vehicle sales in South Africa came in at 51 037 units, an increase of 4,6% year-on-year, according to Naamsa.

    As always, it’s also interesting to take a look at what’s happening in terms of individual model sales. We’ve already examined the figures and picked out the 10 best-selling bakkies for the month, and now it’s time to do the same with the passenger vehicle market (check out our list of worst-selling cars, too).

    Of course, one must bear in mind that certain automakers – such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW – disclose only aggregate sales statistics. Kia and Hyundai, however, thankfully started releasing their individual model sales figures a few months ago, which makes the picture a little clearer.

    So, what happened in the tenth month of 2017? Well, rather predictably, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo kept first place, although Toyota’s combination of the Corolla, Auris and Corolla Quest (the brand reports an overall figure rather than individual model sales) managed to move up on to second.

    The Toyota Etios, meanwhile, rocketed up three spots to third (more than doubling its sales total month-on-month), which saw the regular Volkswagen Polo relegated two places to the unfamiliar position of fourth. The Toyota Fortuner held steady in fifth, while the Ford EcoSport climbed two to sixth.

    The Kia Picanto did enough to retain seventh, while the Toyota RAV4 returned to the table to snaffle eighth. The Ford Fiesta plummeted from fourth to ninth, while the Kia Rio fell one place to take the final spot on the table.

    Other interesting figures

    So, what else happened in October 2017? Well, Fiat sold 24 units of its revived Panda, making it the brand’s second most popular offering behind the Fiat 500 (32). Ford registered 594 units of the Everest, while the Figo (473) and Focus (298) also contributed to the Blue Oval’s cause. The refreshed Kuga, meanwhile, managed 62 units.

    Opel’s top-seller was again the Mokka X (83), while the new Honda CR-V came in with 93 units. Hyundai again enjoyed meaningful contributions from all of its passenger vehicles, with the i20 (640), Tucson (522), Creta (395) and i10 (376) leading the way.

    Jaguar Land Rover’s best-performer – by quite some margin – was the new Range Rover Velar (165), with the Discovery (86) next in line for the British brand. Kia managed to sell 161 units of its Sportage, while Mazda counted on its CX-3 (294) and CX-5 (283) for the bulk of its sales.

    The new Pajero Sport (27) was Mitsubishi’s second most-popular product for the month, behind the ASX (53). Nissan’s key vehicles all sold well, with the Datsun GO (528), Almera (431), updated X-Trail (396) and repositioned Micra Active (324) doing the heavy lifting for the Japanese brand.

    Peugeot totalled 69 units for the month, with the 2008 (26) edging out the 3008 (22) and 208 (21). The Renault Clio (696) came close to grabbing a spot in the top ten, while the Kwid added a further 511 units. Interestingly, two examples of the Koleos were registered in SA in October, suggesting a launch of this SUV may be imminent.

    The outgoing Swift (314) showed no signs of letting up, while the new Ignis added a useful 129 units for Suzuki. The Avanza (659) performed well for Toyota, while the C-HR came in with a handy 170 units. The A3 (265) was Audi’s top seller, although the new Q5 also impressed with 134 units. The Golf (676) and Tiguan (336) fared well for Volkswagen in October, while Volvo’s biggest haul came courtesy (as usual) of the XC60, with 40 units.

    See the top ten table below (and have a look back at September’s figures here):

    South Africa’s 10 best-selling passengers cars of October 2017:

    1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 2 851
    2. Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest – 2 135
    3. Toyota Etios – 2 059
    4. Volkswagen Polo – 1 950
    5. Toyota Fortuner – 1 337
    6. Ford EcoSport – 1 047
    7. Kia Picanto – 1 020
    8. Toyota RAV4 – 916
    9. Ford Fiesta – 855
    10. Kia Rio – 843

    http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/sa...-october-2017/

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    Kia adds top spec Picanto auto model in SA

    • Kia Picanto 1.2 smart now available with automatic transmission
    • Feature-packed smart derivative gains even more convenience

    Kia is expanding the Kia Picanto range with the introduction of the 1.2 Smart Auto. The range-topping Picanto model has thus far only been available with a five-speed manual transmission.

    Much loved car

    With more than 700 units sold every month since its launch a mere six months ago, the Kia Picanto is without a doubt one of the most-loved city cars currently available in South Africa.

    Now in its third generation, the latest Picanto’s comes with a range of 11 exterior colours – from classic white to vibrant lime green metallic.

    The range-topping Picanto smart range’s notably high specification level has also seen many new customers join the Kia family as the trend of buying down continues. A combination of compact dimensions, smart styling and smart features have convinced these customers that the Picanto is the perfect companion for every day urban driving.

    With everything from two-tone leather upholstery to Apple CarPlay included as standard, comfort and convenience is covered.

    And while the compact dimensions go far to ease driving in congested traffic situations, it also makes parking a breeze – especially because of the rear park assist system that incorporates a reverse camera with dynamic guidelines, displayed on a large, 7-inch colour touchscreen, all included as standard on the Picanto smart.

    The Picanto 1.2 smart Automatic is powered by a four-cylinder 1.25-litre MPI engine that produces peak power of 61kW, and 122Nm of torque. Mated to KIA’s well-known four-speed automatic transmission, the combination ensures high levels of fuel efficiency to keep running costs low.

    For its application in the new Picanto, KIA engineers have optimised the valve timing of the engine’s dual CVVT (continuously-variable valve timing) system, and a new cooling system with shut-off valve that reduces the time it takes the engine to warm-up from a cold start.

    Low-friction coated piston rings also help to reduce cylinder friction for greater efficiency.

    The KIA Picanto 1.2 smart Automatic retails for R212 495, inclusive of KIA’s class-leading Unlimited kilometer, 5-year warranty, inclusive of 3-years / Unlimited Kilometres Roadside Assistance, as standard. A service plan is available as an option through KIA Financial Services. Pricing for the Picanto range is as follows:

    Picanto 1.0 start Manual R 137 995
    Picanto 1.0 street Manual R 152 995
    Picanto 1.0 style Manual R 162 995
    Picanto 1.0 style Auto R 175 995
    Picanto 1.0 smart Manual R 183 495
    Picanto 1.2 start Manual R 153 995
    Picanto 1.2 start Auto R 166 995
    Picanto 1.2 streetManual R 168 995
    Picanto 1.2 style Manual R 179 495
    Picanto 1.2 style Auto R 192 495
    Picanto 1.2 smart Manual R 199 495
    Picanto 1.2 smart Auto R 212 495

    David Sieff, Marketing Director, Kia Motors South Africa said: “The introduction of an automatic version of the Picanto 1.2 smart is a direct result of market feedback.

    "With urban congestion only getting worse, many customers are realising just how perfect the Picanto is for the daily commute to work. Our research among both current and prospective owners have confirmed this, and we’re confident that the addition of an automatic derivative of the Picanto 1.2 smart will cement the Picanto’s position as a customer favourite.”

    http://www.wheels24.co.za/NewModels/...in-sa-20180109

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    Kia adds new range-topping auto to Picanto line-up

    Kia Motors South Africa has expanded its popular Picanto line-up to 12 derivatives with the addition of a new range-topping 1,2 Smart Auto variant.

    When the third-generation Picanto was launched locally in July 2017, the flagship Smart derivative was available only with a five-speed manual. But now, based on “market feedback”, the local arm of the Korean brand has decided to bring back the automatic option (still no further word on the possibility of the 1,0-litre turbo-triple engine being offered here).

    Priced at R212 495, the new derivative features the automaker’s familiar 1,2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, worth 61 kW and 122 N.m, mated to a four-speed automatic ‘box.

    The Smart trim level includes items such as two-tone leather upholstery, Apple CarPlay functionality, rear parking sensors (with a reversing camera) and a seven-inch colour touchscreen.

    As with the other derivatives in the Picanto range, a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty is standard (a service plan is an optional extra).

    A price increase has been applied across the rest of the range, with the majority of derivatives now costing R3 000 more than at launch, and a handful now some R4 000 more expensive.

    Pricing:
    Kia Picanto 1,0 Start: R137 995
    Kia Picanto 1,0 Street: R152 995
    Kia Picanto 1,0 Style: R162 995
    Kia Picanto 1,0 Style Auto: R175 995
    Kia Picanto 1,0 Smart: R183 495
    Kia Picanto 1,2 Start: R153 995
    Kia Picanto 1,2 Start Auto: R166 995
    Kia Picanto 1,2 Street: R168 995
    Kia Picanto 1,2 Style: R179 495
    Kia Picanto 1,2 Style Auto: R192 495
    Kia Picanto 1,2 Smart: R199 495
    Kia Picanto 1,2 Smart Auto: R212 495

    http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/ki...canto-line-up/

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    212k and a service plan is optional.. geez
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