The driver’s seat is comfortable and supportive, with plenty of side support to keep you firmly in place through corners. Thanks to a standard driver’s seat height adjuster on all but the base trim and well-aligned pedals, it’s easy to find a good driving position as well.
Indeed the only barriers to this are the lack of lumbar adjustment on any model, and a steering wheel that adjusts for height adjustment but not reach. These are common deficiencies throughout the city car class, though.
For a final boost to ease of use, the dashboard layout is simple to understand and the well-sited buttons are big enough to spot easily on the move. Oh, and a very rare thing in this class: a sliding centre armrest from ‘3’ trim upwards adds an extra splash of luxury – very swish.
Kia Picanto visibility
Seeing forward out of a Picanto is easy. The windscreen is deep, wide, and its front pillars are slim. It’s the same story when you’re looking out of the front side windows at junctions and roundabouts. The rear side windows are slightly smaller, but rear passengers are unlikely to feel claustrophobic because it’s still bright and airy. The biggest problem is the driver’s view over either shoulder, because the rear pillars are large and the rear screen is relatively small.
What’s more, you only get reversing sensors and a rear-view camera on two trims – ‘3’ and GT-Line S – and you can’t add either as options on the other variants.
Kia Picanto infotainment
The ‘1’, ‘2’ and GT-Line trims get a small 3.8in-monochrome screen with just FM and AM wavebands, and no DAB radio. ‘1’ trim doesn’t even have Bluetooth. Quite frankly, it’s out the ark, and you have no option to upgrade it, either.
Only ‘3’ and GT-Line S trims get anything better, which just happens to be the complete opposite: a bang up-to-date system with many of the latest features.
For instance, it comes with a 7.0in colour touchscreen, a DAB radio, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring all as standard. The GT-Line S also has wireless phone charging.
The screen is bright and crisp, while the menus are easily navigable and react quickly to inputs. All-in-all, it’s one of the best systems in the class with only the i10 matching it, and easily trumps the Up and it’s other derivatives.
Kia Picanto build quality
Like every city car, the Picanto doesn’t get many soft facings on its dashboard or doors; well actually, there are none. Instead it’s a sea of hard plastics, but in fairness they don’t look cheap, and it’s all bolted together with a sense of solidity that is up there with class leaders, such as the i10 and Up.
The buttons also feel nicely damped, imparting a sense that they’ll still be doing their job a decade down the line.