The fact that you need to work the Picanto’s small engines quite hard to get the best from them inevitably creates a bit of noise inside but, don’t worry, it’s nowhere near bad enough that you’ll be reaching for ear plugs. The four-cylinder 1.25 unit is boomier at really high revs than the cheaper three-cylinder 1.0, but the latter sends more vibrations through the pedals and steering wheel.
City cars generally prove a bit noisier at speed than plusher cars, so chatting with your passengers in the Picanto while on the motorway will involve raising your voice a tad. Still, there’s less wind and road noise to contend with than in an Up.
On the upside (no pun intended and all that), the brakes are easy to meter, so driving smoothly isn’t an issue. The manual gearbox has a nice shift action and the clutch is positive, too. The alternative four-speed auto ’box, meanwhile, is occasionally jerky.
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