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R200,000 hatchbacks taking on the updated Kia Picanto

The updated Kia Picanto has finally arrived in South Africa, revitalizing one of the long-running nameplates in the budget market.

The hatchback’s line-up now consists of six units, with prices ranging from R260,995 to R325,995.

There are two drivetrains to choose from: a 1.0 or 1.2-litre petrol plant with an output of 49kW and 95Nm, or 62kW and 122Nm, respectively.

The 1.0l option has a typical fuel consumption of 5.0-5.3l/100km, while the 1.2l has an average of 5.0-5.9l/100km, and both engines can be paired to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.

Standard kit on the base Picanto LX includes a multifunction leather steering wheel, remote central locking, keyless entry, black cloth upholstery, 14-inch steel rims with plastic covers, manual aircon, a reverse camera, four speakers, ABS, two front airbags, and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Upgrading to the EX models will then throw in a set of 14-inch alloy wheels, occupant alert for the rear seats, armrest storage, a 4.2-inch driver’s display, automatic headlights, two more speakers, electronic stability control, and hill-start assist.

Finally, the top-spec EX+ units add larger 15-inch alloys, automatic climate control, two-tone black-and-grey artificial leather upholstery, push-button start, and rear parking sensors.

Each purchase comes with a 5-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty and roadside assistance plan, and a 2-year/30,000km service plan.

Budget options

These are the R200,000 hatchbacks competing against the updated Kia Picanto in South Africa.

Click on the underlined prices for more information.


Renault Kwid 1.0 Climber

  • Starting price – R217,999
  • Power – 50kW/91Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 4.9l/100km


Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Motion hatch

  • Starting price – R239,500
  • Power – 49kW/94Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 5.5l/100km


Toyota Starlet 1.5 Xi

  • Starting price – R252,100
  • Power – 77kW/138Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 5.4l/100km


Suzuki Swift 1.2 GLX manual

  • Starting price – R256,900
  • Power – 61kW/113Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 4.9l/100km


VW Polo Vivo hatch 1.4 Trendline

  • Starting price – R262,700
  • Power – 55kW/130Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 5.7l/100km


Fiat 500 TwinAir Cult

  • Starting price – R271,900
  • Power – 63kW/145Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 4.0l/100km


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