Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Interior design like any other Kia
  • Attractive, user-friendly design
  • Feels solid and well built

Kia has made huge strides with the cabin of the new Picanto, taking cues from the larger cars in its range.

Dominating the dashboard is a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that sits proud of the dash and is very easy to use thanks to clear graphics and big buttons to access key functions.

Lower down, the heating and ventilation controls are easy to get to, while the steering wheel feels nice in your hands. There are some pleasing design touches such as the upright air vents at either side of the cabin and a bit of full-width trim making the interior feel a little wider than it really is.

We loved the red and black detailing and seat upholstery in our GT-Line S long-term assessment: 'The fit and finish of the interior is in general excellent with only a few cheaper plastics left over from base models. The black and red faux leather is very convincing while being a whole lot more practical than the real thing. I was able to wipe away grime with a damp cloth that would normally require some fancy leather cleaning product.'

It's relatively easy to find a comfortable driving position, but note that the Picanto doesn’t currently allow for seat height adjustment. This likely won’t be an issue for average height drivers, although those of an exceptionally tall or short stature may struggle.

Visibility is good too, thanks to lots of glass, lower window lines and small pillars – making the view out very good indeed.

Comfort

  • Comfort levels are high in the Picanto
  • Comfortable seats are supportive
  • Suspension soaks up lumps and bumps

The big-car feel of the Picanto is largely down to its interior and the grown-up driving experience.

The cabin is a pleasant place to spend time with a practical design that enables the driver to get comfortable quickly and easily.

There’s average levels of adjustment in the comfortable driver’s seat, while the steering wheel only adjusts for angle – you can’t move it in and out.

Visibility is good and all the car’s controls are within easy reach and are clearly labelled – it’s very easy to navigate around the Picanto’s cabin.

Impressive ride comfort

In terms of ride comfort, the Picanto strikes an excellent balance between being good to drive and relaxing. The suspension soaks up harsh bumps very well indeed, and never transmits it through to the cabin.

Our tester found the sportier GT-Line S model with its larger wheels less comfortable, however: 'Those lower profile 16 inch wheels look great but the result is the ride is quite firm. Combined with city car spec sound deadening, which isn't much, made longer journeys a little tiresome.

'Early on the Picanto had a spell of motorway commuting and I would often arrive a little exhausted with a ringing in my ears. The smaller city car sized seats would also cause some discomfort. They lacked any adjustment for lumber support and contributed, along with my tall frame, to a driving position that felt as if I was hunched over the wheel.'