Around town the Picanto is in its element. It diminutive size makes it easy for nipping through the traffic, and it is a joy to park. Because it is easy to see out of in all directions and it is obvious from your viewpoint in the driving seat where the car’s edges are, placing it in a parking space is far easier than in most cars, helped by the lightness of the electric power steering.
Out of town the Picanto performs adequately and handles acceptably, but you know you are in a small car with limited power. Press on through the bends, and there is a bit of body roll to let know the suspension is being worked hard, but the little car clings on quite grippily. There is no mistaking that this is a small boxy car with a short wheelbase and narrow track, and you cannot expect it to handle like a sports car, which is clearly doesn’t. For the type of car it is, though, the handling is perfectly respectable, even quite good.
The same goes for the ride quality, which is a credit to the skill of Kia’s engineers. Few other small cars ride quite as well as this one. You’re close to where it is all happening down on the road surface, so you do feel the bumps and potholes, but they are cushioned very tolerably and the Picanto skims over the more minor abrasions in the Tarmac.Ease of Use
Don’t expect to take the family to the supermarket and stock up with a month’s groceries. The boot is tiny, at a mere 200 litres, just like most other cars in this micro class. There is enough room, just, for a weekly stock up at the supermarket, but those provisions will be packed in tight. You do have hatchback versatility, though. If you want to carry more, fold the back seat down and suddenly the car’s carrying capacity more than quadruples in size to 870 litres.
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