New Kia Picanto vs Hyundai i10 vs Suzuki Ignis

The class-leading Hyundai i10 is under threat not only from a new Kia Picanto but also the oddball Suzuki Ignis baby SUV. We decide which is the best city car...

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11 Jul 2016 12:34 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

What are they like inside?

These cars may be dinky, but they all offer enough head and leg room for six-footers in the front, with the boxy Ignis providing the most. Each has a largely good driving position, too; none has a reach-adjustable steering wheel, but they all do at least adjust for height. Each car has a footrest for your left leg, too, and the i10 and Picanto get driver’s seat height adjustment as standard.

The i10’s front seats are supportive enough for long trips, but the Picanto’s sports seats are the comfiest, with bigger side bolsters that hold you more securely in place through corners. This is something the Ignis’s flat seats don’t do, forcing you to hold on tight to the steering wheel instead.

New Kia Picanto vs Hyundai i10 vs Suzuki Ignis

All of our contenders have a reasonable amount of storage space inside, with compartments for your mobile phone, good-sized door bins, cupholders and fairly small but still useful gloveboxes. The Picanto even has a sliding centre armrest with a cubbyhole beneath.

We have no real complaints about the dashboard layout in any of these cars, either. All have logically positioned buttons and simple, clear instruments. True, the i10’s arguably flavourless interior design might not be everyone’s cup of tea – the Ignis and the Picanto are more visually appealing – but both Korean cars have top-notch (for the class, at least) interior quality, with hard but smartly finished plastics that feel robustly screwed together.

Not so the Ignis. Its materials feel rather flimsy, and the way some fixtures flex when you prod them makes you wonder if the factory forgot to tighten some screws.

New Kia Picanto vs Hyundai i10 vs Suzuki Ignis

But anyone sitting in the Ignis’s rear seats won’t care about that, thanks to the relative space it offers. Even a six-footer sitting behind a similarly tall driver will have knee room to spare, while head room is the best by a long way. The i10 is next best for knee room, but even the Picanto, despite having the least leg room, isn’t at all cramped, and it offers a bit more head room than the sunroof-equipped i10.

The Ignis has the best boot by a stretch. Not only is it the tallest, longest and widest, but you can also slide the rear seats forwards and adjust the backrest angle to boost boot space considerably – unique in this test. While smaller, the i10 and Picanto’s boots will still swallow a couple of carry-on suitcases, and all three cars have split-folding rear seats. Only the i10 requires you to flip up the rear seat bases before you fold down the backrests, but it leaves the flattest extended floor.