Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

The entry-level engine in the Lacetti range is a 1.4-litre unit with 95bhp. It feels very sluggish and has to be worked hard to get an meaningful performance, so you’re better off going for the larger 1.6-litre or 1.8-litre versions. Unfortunately these are just as lacklustre and sound coarse when revved hard – the larger engine is the quickest and with 121bhp it manages 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds, but lacks low down grunt and isn’t very relaxing to drive, even on the motorway.

The two larger engines can be specified with an automatic gearbox, but it’s incredibly disappointing with sluggish changes.

The ride quality in the Lacetti is a little harsh at slow speeds, but becomes more comfortable on the motorway. The suspension is quite soft and soaks up bumps well, but this does mean that there’s noticeable body roll on corners, although grip levels are pretty good. On the move it’s slightly better than the saloon and estate versions, but not by much and the light, lifeless steering does little to inspire confidence.

And don’t be fooled into thinking the 1.8 Sport model is any better – despite the bodykit and lowered suspension, it drives in a very similar fashion to the rest of the range.