Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The most irritating aspect of the Orlando is the poor visibility: the chunky A-pillars blot out quite a sizeable portion of the view when you are negotiating a roundabout or right turn and the headrests and rear pillars constrict the sight-lines out of the back. If you do a lot of driving in town and regularly parallel park and U-turn, you might be put off but can opt for parking sensors that’ll cost you extra or go for the LT version.

The dashboard layout is sensible, easy to use with robust switchgear that looks like it will stand the test of time. It’s not quite as classy as say, a Ford Grand C-Max or even the Renault Grand Scenic, but the layout is much more user-friendly than the French MPV.

The ride is pretty impressive both on the motorway, town and B-roads. It’s firm enough to deliver a positive experience that isn’t wallowy in corners yet compliant and supple when driving around town and cruising on the motorway. Don’t bother with 18-inch alloys since they compromise the ride – the 16-inchers do the job perfectly well and they look smart enough too.

The seats are nicely supportive but for some reason the leather chairs give you much more lateral support when negotiating tight bends. The air conditioning system is simple to understand and it’s easy to find the right temperature. It’s quiet when cruising but you do get a little bit of wind noise from the wing mirrors. Engine and road noise are both well suppressed but the petrol engine does get extremely vocal when pushed, which is pretty much all the time.

This further underlines the case for the diesel, which is refined and relaxed, although a little clattery on start-up.