• Kia’s Picanto Runner is the newest accession to the LCV segment.
• The Runner goes up adjoin the Grandi10 Burden and NP200.
• The Picanto Runner can backpack burden up to 350kg in weight.
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A while back, Kia South Africa unleashed its new Picanto Runner on bounded soil. The car, based on the Picanto Start model, offers abundant of the aforementioned that you’d apprehend from the Picanto ambit and retails for R198 995. However, the Runner has several appropriate appearance from the blow of the range, and Kia is acquisitive that this will augur able-bodied for the model’s success locally.
The Picanto ancestors is 13 models strong, with the Runner actuality the latest edition. The car is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder agent that produces 49kW/95Nm, with ability actuality beatific to the advanced auto via a five-speed chiral gearbox. Belief a bald 952kg, the Picanto Runner is assertive to be a active runabout in the city, breadth it is best acceptable to absorb best of its time.
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In agreement of practicality, Kia has added metal dividers to accumulate burden in abode and removed the rear seats to accessible up 820L of loading space. And if that’s not enough, the car can booty a amount of up to 350kg around.
The Picanto Runner is alluringly positioned for commitment companies to accede it as allotment of their fleet. Still, it comes up adjoin two appalling rivals in this awful contested segment.
2020 Kia Picanto Runner (MotorPress)
Hyundai Grandi10 Cargo
For those unaware, Hyundai and Kia abatement beneath the aforementioned ancestor company, with abounding of their cars administration the aforementioned platforms and drivetrains. The Grandi10 and Picanto are the same, but the Grandi10 Burden has been about for a hardly best aeon than the Runner.
The aforementioned 1.0-litre agent does assignment in the Grandi10 Cargo, but ability outputs are around the aforementioned at 48kW/94Nm. While these two cars are cousins, the Hyundai begins to appearance its superiority. The burden accommodation is added at 518L, amount aggregate accommodation is additionally added at 1202L vs. 820L, additional it weighs 40kg beneath than the Kia.
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It additionally bests the Picanto in agreement of abundance features, featuring items advanced electric windows, chiral axial locking, 14-inch tyres vs. the Picanto’s 13s, and a advanced ability socket.
Two models accomplish up the Grandi10 Burden range, bartering for R196 500 and R234 900, respectively.
2020 Hyundai Grandi10 Burden (Hyundai SA)
Nissan’s NP200 ambit consists of bristles models, but the entry-level 1.6i Safety Pack (R189 100) and Safety Pack with aircon (R206 100) are the ones best commitment companies would opt for. The blow of the ambit action better-specified bakkies, but the abutting archetypal is some R41 000 added expensive.
Taking the abject archetypal as a advertence for this on-paper battle, the NP200 has the advantage of actuality a bakkie and boasting a far bigger loading area. It has an 800L burden accommodation and a amount aggregate accommodation of 1250L. Users additionally accept the advantage to add a tow bar, which will acquiesce the hooking of an unbraked bivouac belief up to 580kg.
Power-wise, the bakkie appearance a 1.6-litre petrol motor that produces 64kW and 128Nm. Ability is channelled to the advanced auto via a five-speed chiral transmission.