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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The dashboard is good-looking with all major controls angled towards the driver. The steering doesn’t adjust for reach but most owners will find the driving position acceptable. All the buttons are big, chunky and easy to find, but some of the radio/CD controls are a bit fiddly. The MP3-compatible CD player does away with the need for a bulky CD multichanger, though iPod connectivity on top spec models will be more appealing to younger buyers.

Considering the Picanto is a small city car the interior is remarkably roomy. The front passenger has a decent amount of head and legroom, although some fidgeting is required if you want to open the glovebox. The rear seats are only really suitable for regular use by children, although short journeys with four adults on board is bearable. The seats are pretty good – firm enough for medium-distance journeys but comfy enough for day-to-day trips.