Why we love the new Kia Picanto

If you’re looking for an affordable city car, the 2021 Kia Picanto should be at the top of your list. But being reasonably priced is not the only reason to buy the new Picanto. Kia has updated its small hatchback with new standard features, introduced a new funky range-topping X-Line model, an array of new safety and telematics technologies, and re-engineered powertrains. 

The 2021 Picanto comes in five trim levels, namely Start, Street, Picanto Runner, Style, and X-Line. We have two engine choices so far, including a 1.0-litre In-line 3 cyl, 12 valve DOHC MPI generating 49 kW and 96 Nm of torque, and a 1.25-litre In-line 4 cyl, 16 valve DOHC MPI engine creating 61 kW and 122 Nm. All variants can have either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. 

The Picanto X-Line comes with a crossover styling that distinguishes it from other models in the range. The X-Line is the new range-topping model and sports exclusive bumpers, distinct LED lights on the front and rear clusters, and model-specific 15-inch alloy wheels. 

Other standard features include two-tone artificial leather upholstery, a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a reverse camera. The sunroof is optional. However, although it has a crossover theme, this model has the same ground clearance as the rest of the models in the line-up. 

The 2021 Kia Picanto gives you four wheel-options (13" wheel cover for Start, 14" wheel cover for Street, 14" alloy wheels for Style and 15" alloy wheels for X-Line).

Furthermore, you can choose from 10 shades, including Clear White, Milky Beige, Sparkling Silver, Astro Grey, Aurora Black Pearl, Shiny Red, Alice Blue, Pop Orange, LimeLight, and Honey Bee. 

If you intend to use your Picanto for business purposes as well, look into the petite-sized, streetwise Runner. It offers a 350kg payload, which we normally get in bigger vehicles. 

Your Picanto purchase comes with an Unlimited Kilometre, 5-year warranty (including Roadside Assistance), in addition to a prepaid 2-year / 30,000km service plan. Pricing for the entry-level Picanto 1.0 Manual START begins at R187,995, and the range-topping Picanto 1.2 Automatic X-Line starts at R251,995. (Prices correct at time of publication.)

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