For refinement the Picanto puts some much bigger cars to shame. Little cars can easily be buzz-boxes, but this one certainly isn’t. Noise levels are as low as you can reasonably expect in a car this size. General comfort is pretty reasonable too. The seats are quite firmly cushioned and support well, and the cabin feels roomy for its dimensions. There is an acceptable amount of stowage, including in the door pockets.Safety and Security
The Picanto scored four stars in Euro NCAP crash tests, so its safety provision is confirmed as good rather than exceptional. Its electronic safety kit includes brake assist and hill assist control. It comes equipped with six airbags and standard front seatbelt pre-tensioners. Central locking, an immobiliser and alarm are standard kit. Speed sensing auto door locking is also on all versions of the Picanto.Infotainment
A four-speaker radio-CD player with MP3 compatibility is standard on this version of the Picanto. Sound quality is reasonable. Move up the range, and you can have a six-speaker system with Bluetooth connection and voice recognition, USB and AUX ports, an iPod cable and steering wheel controls.Rivals
A bit more boot space
Neat, nippy and nicely styled, the Kia Picanto has a lot going for it as a small car that is modestly priced but not too basic. Priced below £8,000, it is a lot of little car for the money. It does not feel shortchanged for creature comfort or driving calibre, and it packs in good quality for a modest outlay. If budget or circumstances dictate that this is the size of car you need, you won’t feel short-changed by the baby Kia. It is a very grown-up small car.
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