Kia's Picanto is already a well-known name in the most impoverished end of the car market and though it's earned a reputation for providing cheap and effective transportation, it's unlikely that many people have ever bought one because they “simply want one.”
The all-new version aims to change that with its funkier design and more refined overall package, but this luckily hasn't come at the expense of affordability, the new model coming out at the same price level as its smaller predecessor - R99 995 to be precise.
As mentioned, the new Picanto is bigger than before - 60mm longer and with a wheelbase extended by 15mm, it offers more passenger space and luggage volume has increased by 27 percent to 200 litres.
Another big departure from the previous model is its more mature and somewhat more dramatic styling that falls slap bang into line with the latest Kia family and some of its funkier offerings like the new Sportage and Soul.
The baby Kia has also done some growing beneath the bonnet, now offering the same two petrol engine choices as its Hyundai i10 sibling, including a larger 1.2-litre unit.