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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

Rivals

Dodge Caliber (06-09)

2.5 out of 5 2.5

The Caliber is a tough-looking hatchback that certainly stands out. It's described as a 'crossover' which means it supposedly combines the practicality and styling of an off-roader with the road-holding of a family hatch. In reality this doesn't quite work. Although the Caliber is spacious and reasonably well-equipped, the interior has a distinctly... read more

PROS

Bold styling, practical touches, decent boot, VW-sourced diesel engine

CONS

Cheap and naff looking interior, poor handling, lacks refinement

Stilo replaced the Bravo/Brava range. The three-door car has a rather sporty look and feel and even comes in 170bhp Abarth trim. The five-door version is more family-orientated, with better rear access and legroom. Softly sprung, comfortable and significantly cheaper than a Golf (which is what Fiat aimed at). The 1.2 engine struggles with four... read more

PROS

Solidity, interior space on five-door.

CONS

Petrol engines lack torque, mediocre boot space.

Kia Carens (00-06)

2 out of 5 2.0

Carens lags behind its European rivals in nearly every area. But we'd recommend it as a used buy, if you're on a tight budget as it's well equipped, affordable and can seat up to six people. read more

PROS

Cheap to buy, long warranty, good sized boot.

CONS

Lacks the cabin versatility of rivals, indifferent build quality.

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