Putting the mini in minimalism
YOU’LL FEEL CLOSER TO YOUR FRIENDS
1. KIA PICANTO
The Picanto’s smart and stylish cabin appeals with its minimalist dash, beaut tablet touchscreen, supportive front seats (offering the sole fore-aft headrest adjustment), theatre-style rear seating, a great driving position and plenty of standard features. On the flipside is its clammy vinyl upholstery, lack of steering reach adjustment, and absence of a digital speedo. A 255L cargo capacity reflects Kia’s sub-b city-friendly sizing. Space-saver spare.
2. RENAULT CLIO
Clio’s cabin presents as the most premium here. Series II brought a welcome multimedia update but the small screen betrays its age. Front seats are sumptuous, less so out back. Low windscreen header and small wipers hem forward vision a little. The group’s only digital speedo has no analogue alternative and dated wheel controls lack night-time illumination. Heaps of door storage, though, and luggage capacity is a handy 300L. Space-saver spare.
3. SUZUKI SWIFT
Minimalist, cohesive and beautifully constructed cabin has the most space here. Dash is a winner, highlighted by best vision out, sporty dials, nifty wheel and user-friendly switchgear. But fiddly touchscreen could do with a volume knob, while speedo lacks digital readout. Rear kneeroom will shame larger small cars, but 242L boot capacity is the trade-off. Road noise is also obvious back there, rear storage is sparse and there are no grab handles. Space-saver spare.