Kia introduces Picanto X-Line as the new headliner for its A-segment contender

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2021 Kia Picanto X-Line
2021 Kia Picanto X-Line

• Kia's new Picanto X-Line debuts in South Africa.

• The X-Line is the new top model in the Picanto range, replacing the SMART model.

• The Picanto X-Line is on sale immediately in South Africa.

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Just three years after its initial invitation to South Africans to 'Get In', the evergreen Kia Picanto has undergone a subtle mid-life refresh as the brand embarks on an exciting journey to the future. Extending the invitation to now also 'Go There', Kia South Africa also introduces the all-new Picanto X-Line with modern and distinctive crossover styling.

The new Picanto X-Line features a series of bespoke design details that make it stand out from its siblings. A redesigned radiator grille at the front - a new interpretation of Kia's well-known 'tiger-nose' - and aggressive front bumper gives the X-Line a sporty stance, perfectly augmented by its LED headlights.

Kia South Africa sales director Stephen Crosse says: "The Picanto is a mainstay in the Kia product-lineup and has, for many years, been recognised by industry experts and members of the press alike as one of the best cars you can buy in the entry-level A-segment. The new X-Line derivative's introduction sees the Picanto gain an adventurous spirit - perfect for those who believe in seizing the day and sharing experiences beyond their daily lives. It's the perfect car for here, there and anywhere."

Kia Picanto X-Line
2021 Kia Picanto X-Line

Replacing the SMART

A bespoke and wholly redesigned rear bumper completes the picture at the rear, with faux skid-plate detailing and full-LED rear lights ensuring it looks the part from all angles. Crossover-inspired cladding, mudguards and 15-inch alloy wheels give the X-Line a true 'Go There' stance.

Customers have a choice of 10 exterior colours, including a new shade of Astro Grey. An optional sunroof (R8000) is available on special order.

Replacing the SMART derivative in the Picanto range, X-Line features an array of specification and features. These include two-tone artificial leather upholstery and a new eight-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system, allowing for the safety and convenience of screen mirroring services such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system also incorporates a reverse camera with dynamic guidelines.

Kia Picanto X-Line
2021 Kia Picanto X-Line

Shaking things up

Apart from the Picanto X-Line, Kia has also introduced subtle revisions to the remainder of the Picanto range. While there are no exterior design updates, the range specification has been revisited to ensure that customers get the value for money that Kia is renowned for.

Feature highlights across the START range include power steering, an adjustable steering column, manual air-conditioning, and a radio with RDS and MP3 capability, Aux and USB connector jacks, Bluetooth connectivity and two speakers, to name but a few. The Picanto START retains its 13-inch steel wheels with stylish wheel covers.

On STREET models, the most significant update is the addition of the eight-inch infotainment system with an integrated rear-view camera. This includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

The Picanto STYLE now has new alloy wheels that add to its value proposition which already includes automatic headlamps, electric folding mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift, to name but a few.

READ: Watch out now! New Kia Picanto to be headlined by GT-Line and X-Line models

Kia's familiar 1.0 MPI and 1.25 MPI engines remain on duty in the Picanto range, with the new X-Line derivative only offered with the 1.25-litre engine. The fuel-efficient 1.0 MPI three-cylinder engine produces 49kW at 5 500 r/min and 96Nm torque, while the four-cylinder 1.25-litre engine develops 61kW of power and 122Nm of torque. Customers have a choice between a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

Kia Picanto X-Line
2021 Kia Picanto X-Line

Safety first

The Picanto remains the safest A-segment vehicle Kia has ever built, with 44% of its bodyshell cast in Advanced High-strength Steel (AHSS). This super-strong steel has been used specifically to reinforce the Picanto's floor pan, roof rails, A- and B-pillars and engine bay, strengthening the car's core structure. The Picanto's torsional stiffness has been improved by 32% over its predecessor.

Crosse adds: "Various safety tests have proven that the Picanto's expertly engineered safety shell makes it one of the safest cars you can buy in its segment. With ABS, ISOFIX, Datadot and dual front airbags across the range, Picanto offers superb safety standards."

The Kia Picanto has always been ahead of the pack with its unique looks and good build quality. With its crossover styling, high-tech features and 'Go There' attitude, the new X-Line brings a fresh spirit of adventure to the compact segment.

Kia Picanto X-Line
2021 Kia Picanto X-Line


All Picanto models ship as standard with Kia's industry-leading Unlimited Kilometre, five-year warranty (inclusive of Roadside Assistance), as well as a two-year / 30 000km service plan. The 2021 Kia Picanto range is on sale immediately.

Picanto 1.0 Manual START - R187 995

Picanto 1.0 Automatic START - R201 995

Picanto 1.0 Manual STREET - R201 995

Picanto 1.0 Automatic STREET - R215 995

Picanto 1.0 Manual STREET - R211 995

Picanto 1.0 Automatic STYLE - R225 995

Picanto 1.2 Manual STYLE - R210 995

Picanto 1.2 Automatic STYLE - R224 995

Picanto 1.2 Manual STYLE - R220 995

Picanto 1.2 Automatic STYLE - R234 995

Picanto 1.2 Manual X-Line - R237 995

Picanto 1.2 Automatic X-Line - R251 995

Picanto 1.0 Manual Runner - R207 995

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