Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0

The plain interior does little to excite. There is no trip computer, although the rev counter has a green band suggesting that around 2000rpm would be the most economical engine speed. The steering wheel adjusts for height only, although the driver's seat is also height adjustable so it shouldn't be too difficult to get comfortable behind the wheel, and there is lumbar support for the driver.

Plastics tend to be hard and shiny, and the design looks dated.

The Tacuma has a good ride and is comfortable on the motorway, but the wallowy ride means passengers, especially those in the back, can start to feel queasy on bendy roads. The 1.6-litre engine is reasonably refined, but like the 2.0 litre, it gets noisy when revved hard or on the motorway. Air conditioning is standard on all models as are electric windows, and the interior has plenty of space while the seats are soft.