New Kia Picanto vs Volkswagen Up
The Volkswagen Up is one of our favourite city cars, but it faces a tough challenge from the well-equipped new Kia Picanto...
The Picanto has the best infotainment system in this class. Its 7.0in touchscreen is bright and easy to use, and the fact that it’s positioned high on the dashboard means you don’t need to divert your eyes far from the road to see it. Sat-nav, a DAB radio and Bluetooth all come as standard, but best of all you get Apple and Android smartphone mirroring; just plug your phone into the USB port and you can control it using the car’s screen.
The biggest deal about this Beats edition is its powerful 300-watt sound system, which includes a subwoofer in the boot to give your favourite songs a punchier bassline. By city car standards, sound quality is very good. Unfortunately, the rest of the Up’s infotainment is rather basic. There’s a small screen, but if you want sat-nav, you’ll need to download a special app and use your smartphone. Thankfully, there’s a cradle for it on the dash.