Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Inside, the majority of the Volt's cabin will be instantly familiar to anyone who's driven a recent Vauxhall. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, however, and the Volt does get some neat features to differentiate from the more conventional models. The primary difference is a pair of big seven-inch displays, one in front of the driver and a touch screen one in the middle of the dash.

Those who like modern technology will love these displays, with their multiple readouts and excellent functionality. There are also slabs of 'modern' white plastics that look similar to that on an Apple computer. The materials used in the cabin are all of a good quality, barring a few rogue pieces of cheaper-feeling plastic, and everything feels well assembled.

Despite the modern instrumentation, everything's easy to use and relatively intuitive. The only issue is a cluster of buttons on the dash that are merely touch-sensitive logos. Without the tactile feedback of a switch, you're not actually sure if you've hit it - and finding the one you want quickly can be tricky initially. The steering column adjusts for rise and reach and finding a comfortable seating position is easy, making the Volt a viable proposition for long trips.

The Volt looks, at first glance, to be a five-seater. There is, however, only seating for four adults, thanks to the battery pack that intrudes between the rear seats. In the front, there’s plenty of room for both driver and passenger, and comfortable seats. This makes the Volt very relaxing to drive, especially when it’s running in near-silent electric mode.

There’s very little in the way of wind or tyre noise too, thanks to an aerodynamic low-drag body and low-rolling resistance tyres. Seating in the rear, unfortunately, isn’t as comfortable. Headroom is minimal, especially for taller passengers. Rear legroom can also be very tight if the front seats are reclined or moved backwards.