This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Kia Picanto Hatchback review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The plastics in the Picanto are a far better quality than those in the previous iteration. They look and feel much better than before, although when you wrap your knuckles against some panels it can sound a little hollow.

The seats are supportive and comfortable, providing ample lateral support when cornering. The controls are set out in an attractive manner making the cabin feel wide and airy.

The Picanto is a cheap car, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without any kit. Even the lowest spec comes with an MP3 player input and air conditioning.

Kia Picanto comfort levels are very impressive. The longer wheelbase has helped the handling but it has also given the Picanto more interior room and lots more boot space.

Up front the cabin is boosted by an additional 36mm of front legroom. Rear seats are best used for teenagers or children but adults will be comfortable on short journeys.

Kia Picanto comfort is good and the front seats give a decent amount of support for long journeys.

Road, tyre and wind noise is relatively well contained for a car of this size: it is quite well insulated although the whine of the smaller three-cylinder engine will take a little getting used to if you opt for this model.