Putting the mini in min­i­mal­ism

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Wheels (Australia) - - Comparison / Superminis -

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.

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