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Kia Picanto S Manual 2017 review: road test

How practical is the space inside?

A car’s wheelbase normally dictates cabin space and at 2400mm the Picanto’s is 15mm longer than the Holden Spark’s. Still, for somebody as tall as me (I’m 191cm), those back seats are cramped – I can’t sit behind my driving position without jamming my knees into the seatback. For the record I don’t fit in the back of a Spark either.

There are some large cars that seem way more confined due to their large centre consoles.There are some large cars that seem way more confined due to their large centre consoles.

Up front the Picanto feels as spacious as almost any small car, actually there are some large cars that seem way more confined due to their large centre consoles and low rooflines. The Picanto has great head and shoulder room up front. Storage isn’t bad for this segment.

There’s a large area in front of the shifter which doubles as two adjustable cup holders or a lunch box-sized space for keys and wallets, there’s an L-shaped storage bin next to the handbrake, bottle holders in the front doors and one cup holder for the back row. For somebody as tall as me (I'm 191cm), those back seats are cramped.For somebody as tall as me (I’m 191cm), those back seats are cramped.

Boot space is great for a micro car at 255 litres[1] – that’s 15 litres more cargo capacity than the Mitsubishi Mirage and the Suzuki Celerio[2]. That said, we couldn’t get our medium-sized pram in there – a smaller one should fit.

If you need to put a pram in the back, test it first before buying.

Boot space is great for a micro car at 255 litres.Boot space is great for a micro car at 255 litres.

References

  1. ^ 255 litres (www.carsguide.com.au)
  2. ^ Suzuki Celerio (www.carsguide.com.au)

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