The Picanto is generally more comfortable than it looks. For starters, at about 1.48 metres it is fairly tall, and the doors open wide, so that it is easy to get in and out of. Once inside, head room is generous. If there is nobody sitting behind, both front seats slide back far enough for even long-legged people to fit easily.
The dashboard is a solid and coherent design, offering very clear instrument markings (especially at night), obvious and uniform placement of all controls, and very direct access to ventilation outlets and storage compartments.
The driving position puts everything within easy sight or reach, aided by a seat-height adjuster and a tilt-adjustable (only) steering column.
However, the driver’s seat-height adjuster moves the base up on an unusual backward tilt. And support from the front seat cushions may be insufficient to keep your legs ache-free over long distances.
Otherwise, all outboard seating positions are comfortable for a car of this size and price. Note that the sheer narrowness of this city car means that the centre-rear position is best reserved for slight people, such as young children. All five positions have headrests and inertia reel seatbelts.
The Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming is confusing to figure out and fiddly to operate – to the point of being dangerously distracting if attempted when driving, since the menu requires concentration. It would be best done when the car is stationary – or leave it to the passenger to pair the driver’s media device. Note, also, that sound quality is on the poor side.
Vision out is good, though. And the standard reverse parking sensors take the guesswork out of backing into tight spaces.
Wind, road, and tyre-noise intrusion are commendably low – again, for a car at the Picanto’s price point – underlining the pleasing level of refinement that has been engineered into it.