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Kia Picanto SMART

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The Picanto range is associated with a student like burgers and fries. They just go together, don’t question it! Okay actually do- I asked myself this specific question. Why has the Picanto become synonymous with a student vehicle and the answer is simple really- it’s a typical budget car with good offers- a successful recipe if you ask me and many other. The proof is in the pudding and the pudding says that they have sold more than 370 units of this vehicle in the January of 2020 alone. Now in its third generation, it doesn’t look like the Koreans plan on slowing down anyhow and with the 2020 model’s generous offering I have no doubt in my mind that they will definitely be dominating the student car segment.

The Concept

Instantly recognised, the Picanto is renowned and loved by many South Africans and is a great budget-car to buy. This is due to it being an affordable option that offers you a vehicle with continuous givings’. So basically- a completed vehicle for half the price and don’t know about you but I’m not complaining.

The Look

The newest Kia Picanto is small, sleek and swift-looking. It looks like a typical little city zipster with its compact dimensions and cheeky embellishments. The front has angular chrome strips running through the honeycomb grill straight into the headlights to give it a uniformed and near appearance. This Picanto cruises around town on a set of 15-inch alloy wheels and with the boxy shape are sure to get it noticed. The front projection Bi-function headlights are enhanced with automatic light control and Daytime Running. A set of projection fog lights in the front not only enhances its sporty appeal but also highlights the road after sundown. In the rear LED combination lights can be found also to finish off the vehicle’s stylish looks. An Electric Folding Mirror system is incorporated into the side mirrors because if you’re going to park your Picanto into a wee parking, you should be assured of your mirrors’ safety. Also exclusive to the SMART derivative is a Side Mirror Indicator and heating ensures that they will be squeaky clean and frost-free.

The Feel

Kia has integrated a few nitty-gritty’s, nuts and bolts which I adore because it shows their commitment to providing their clients with a good driving experience- just because you don’t pay and through the nose doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on features or settle for a lesser vehicle. Their attention to details and pedantic-nes include features such as a double tray located under the temperature controls for convenience and easy organisation. The tilt-adjustable steering wheel is encased in leather and can be found on the gear knob as well to provide the driver with a pleasant seat. A set of aluminium pedals also pays tribute to the sportiness of the vehicle, I know I absolutely love them. Cloth and leather combination upholstery is perfectly balanced between utility-centred and luxury which means it’s ideal for a young, urban trendsetter ready to tackle life and its challenges. A high gloss centre fascia provides the cabin with a clean-cut and neat feel. A 255-litre boot is small but is spacious enough to comfortably fit day-to-day items, and for those awkwardly shaped items and we know can be a huge schlep to transport, such as a new curtain rod for your campus housing, the rear seats can quickly fold 60:40.

The Features

We all know that the children of today are extremely tech-savvy and always busy playing around with apps, gadgets and a bunch of other smart pieces of equipment, so it’s quite obvious that the Picanto would need to be well-supplemented with said tech to attract these brainy individuals. One of these smart features is the 7-inch Multimedia audio system which is equipped with four tweeters, Radio, MP3, RDS, Bluetooth Connectivity with voice activation, Auxiliary input and a USB port. This can be controlled through steering-wheel toggles and with the manual air conditioning and electric windows in the front and rear you are guaranteed of many fun-filled kilometres.

As the saying goes: the worst part of parking is the witnesses but with the Picanto, this won’t be a problem because it features rear park distance control, a rear-view camera and dynamic guidelines which calculates your angle of turn with your wheels and so effortlessly escorts you into that tight, tight nooks and crannies, bump-free. Driver and Passenger airbags, Data Dot, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, ABS, remote central locking with an alarm as well as an engine immobiliser are all featured for a safe and protective journey. Furthermore, passengers are protected by the Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) system which strengthened core areas of the vehicle to absorb stress during a collision.

The Drive

The Picanto is available in a 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre engine which produces 49kW of power and 95kW of power and 61kW of power and 122Nm of torque, respectively. This is more than enough for spirited city driving, hauling around friends and taking spontaneous road trips. This also means that that it would be light on fuel which every struggling student needs. A (MDPS) Motor Driven Power Steering system makes for easy manoeuvring and we all know that can be quite a pain with driving in the city, especially with its constant sharp twists and turns. A five-speed manual transmission will provide you with comfortable and easy driving as well. Whether it be through narrow campus streets, stretched roads to the coast or even compact metropolitan avenues, the Picanto is sure to be a wonderful travelling companion and it won’t be a fortune to fork out to do so, so I would consider this a bargain.

Where to find it

If this perky little Picanto has piqued your interest and you would like to know more about it, visit www.kia.co.za now!

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler

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