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Parkers overall rating: 3.2 out of 5 3.2

The Caterham is no nonsense car that's focussed on just one thing - driver enjoyment.

So it's little surprise to find a spartan cabin with just the essential dials and switches on the dashboard. It's very cramped too - although an SV wide body chassis is available on some versions which gives additional interior and luggage space.

The small steering wheel and tight gearbox all reinforce the point that this is nothing short of a race-bred car that is also road legal.

However Caterhams can project an air of quality thanks to the standards of finish and materials such as leather and carbon fibre in their construction.

The seats are supportive and surprisingly comfortable (as long as you fit) but on some models padding is entirely absent, which isn't ideal for longer journeys.

Bizarrely the front passenger actually has even less leg room than driver and overall the cockpit is very cramped unless you order the slightly more spacious SV.

There's little protection from the elements and in the winter the heater will be working overtime to keep the cockpit moderately warm.