Kia Picanto hatchback (2011-2017) - Interior & comfort

The Kia Picanto’s interior is solidly built and attractively laid-out, plus it comes packed with plenty of standard kit.

Carbuyer Rating

3.5 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

3.1 out of 5

As with most modern Kia models, the Kia Picanto features a stylish and thoughtfully designed interior. It also boasts plenty of high-grade materials, solid fit and finish and the sort of standard equipment you’d expect on a much more expensive car.

Kia Picanto dashboard

City-car interiors have come a long way in recent years, and the Kia Picanto's dashboard is a perfect example of this. Although it's not what you'd call luxurious, it's finished in solid, dark-coloured plastics and features clear and logical buttons and controls for the stereo and ventilation systems.

The front seats offer plenty of support for the driver and passenger and the driving position itself is good – upright, not too low and not too high. The steering wheel can be adjusted up and down, but you can't move it closer or further from you, so make sure you can find an acceptable position before you buy.

Equipment

Kia recently simplified the Picanto's trim levels, so there’s now just 1 Air, SE and Sport, with even the entry-level model getting air-conditioning as standard (hence its name), which is good news for potential customers. The 1 Air also gets Bluetooth connectivity, front electric windows, remote central locking, a trip computer, hill-start assistance and 60:40 split-folding rear seats.

The SE trim is well-equipped, with rear parking sensors, USB and auxiliary inputs, steering-wheel-mounted controls, leather trim highlights, heated door mirrors, 14-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, automatic lights and air-conditioning. The Sport model gets racy front and rear bumpers, twin tailpipes, a seven-inch touchscreen with sat nav and a reversing camera, gloss-black interior trim, six speakers and 15-inch wheels.

Options

Like many cars built in Korea or Japan, the Picanto has a very short list of optional features. In fact, take a look at the price lists and you’ll find the only extra-cost addition is metallic paint.

However, that’s not to say it’s impossible to personalise your Picanto, because Kia’s UK dealers have a wide range of accessories that can be added to your car before you take delivery. Take a look and you’ll find everything from sporty body styling to boot liners and floor mats.

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