Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0

The interior is comfortable but the layout is dull, the plastics feel cheap and the wood trim (available on some models) looks naff. The air conditioning controls are easy to use, although they are placed low down and the aftermarket-style stereo is fiddly to use. Overall it feels dated and as though it was built on a budget. Visibility is fine from the driver's seat though and the driving position isn't bad either.

You can just about squeeze five adults in a Lacetti, although it's far more comfortable for four. The saloon version has about the same amount of rear legroom as the hatchback, but it's still not particularly generous. On the plus side, air conditioning is standard across the range, as well as electric windows. But engine noise isn't that well insulated, and can be intrusive at higher revs, particularly in the 1.8-litre version.

Thankfully the ride comfort is good, with the suspension soaking up most bumps without fuss.