Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0

The entry-level 105bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine needs to be worked hard to get the best out of it, and isn't as frugal as the base petrol engine on many alternative cars. The 2.0-litre is adequate but thirstier - and although performance is slightly quicker than the 1.6-litre, it's just as noisy, even when driven moderately quickly. All models come with a five-speed manual gearbox, but it's terribly vague and not enjoyable to use.

An automatic is available with the 2.0-litre engine, but it's even worse than the manual transmission. The biggest problem for the Tacuma is the lack of a diesel engine.

Very little seems to have been done to make the Tacuma enjoyable from behind the wheel, although to be fair, involvement is not a high priority. But other manufacturers manage to make people carriers good to drive. The Tacuma on the other hand feels out of date. It wouldn't take many tight corners before passengers start to complain, as the Chevrolet leans from side to side and pitches and dives under acceleration and braking.

The ride is fairly good but that does little to compensate for the rest of the woeful driving experience.