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Kia’s entry level Picanto LS


IT’S nearing that time of your child’s life when they spread their wings and fly away to university or to that job. Buying them a new car to help them on their way is not only costly but also an important affair. It needs to be stylish, safe, economical and affordable to maintain, right? Kia South Africa has decided to help ease the process by introducing a more attainable version of its entry-level model, the Picanto.

With the addition of a new entry-level model to the range, the Picanto is bound to spark a fire in the highly competitive A-segment of the market. The Picanto LS model benefits from the same upgrades introduced to the Picanto range earlier this year; well, with the exclusion of front daytime running lights, which have been replaced with black mouldings. Colour-coded bumpers at the front and rear, remain standard, as do the colour-coded door handles and side mirrors.

Inside, the LS shares most of the LX model’s features, including 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 are included and wired to work with an aftermarket radio unit.

The KIA Picanto LS shares its powertrain and five-speed manual transmission with the Picanto LX, with the efficient three-cylinder, 998cc Kappa engine producing 51kW of power and 94Nm of torque. The car also features a Shift Indicator Light, which assists drivers in changing gears in such a way as to optimize fuel efficiency.

Safety remains uncompromised due to the greater percentage of high-strength steel used in the construction of the Picanto’s body shell. A driver’s airbag and Isofix child seat anchors remain standard.

The Picanto LS will be available in 10 exciting colours. The new Picanto 1.0 LS is said to retail for only R119 995, which includes Kia’s standard five-year/150 000km warranty and three years of unlimited roadside assistance. A two-year/45 000km optional service plan is also available across the range.

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