New Kia Picanto X-Line and Vauxhall Viva Rocks vs Suzuki Ignis
New X-Line and Rocks versions of the Kia Picanto and Vauxhall Viva join the Suzuki Ignis in offering SUV looks in city car form...
Kia’s system is not only the best here but also one of the best in class. It has a 7.0in touchscreen presented high on the dashboard, with simple shortcut buttons on either side that let you swap modes easily. The menus are punchy and easy to navigate. Sat-nav isn’t available, but smartphone mirroring lets you use your phone’s sat-nav through the car’s screen. The six-speaker stereo sounds the best here, too.
Suzuki has recently updated the Ignis’s infotainment system; SZ-T trim now gets a smaller 6.2in touchscreen and goes without a built-in sat-nav. But, like in the Picanto, you get smartphone mirroring, so you can use your phone’s maps instead. The screen is sharp and fairly responsive, but the touch-sensitive volume control is a faff to use while driving. Plus, a glitch meant the system wouldn’t download our phone’s contacts.
Pictured is the optional 7.0in touchscreen with smartphone mirroring (£435, or £935 if you want sat-nav). It’s a decent system but not quite as responsive as its rivals’. Add OnStar (£415) and you also get a concierge service. As with the others, the Viva has stereo controls on its steering wheel but, like the Ignis, a four-speaker stereo only. The standard infotainment has no touchscreen or DAB radio, so it’s definitely worth upgrading.