Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

From launch there'll be a choice of three engines: two petrol units (a 69bhp 1.2-litre and a 85bhp 0.9-litre two-cylinder turbo engine) and one diesel (95bhp 1.3-litre). The quickest engine in the range is the 95bhp 1.3-litre diesel that propels the Ypsilon to 62mph in 11.0s and has a top speed of 114mph. This is the same unit used in the Fiat Panda, Fiat 500, Vauxhall Corsa and the Vauxhall Meriva.

This engine feels a little low on power when taking off, but get it up to motorway speeds and it will happily sit at the national limit with ease. The 85bhp 0.9-litre will complete the benchmark sprint in 11.5s and it has a top speed of 109mph. The slowest engine is the 1.2-litre petrol with 69bhp and it'll get from zero to 62mph in 14.0s with a top speed of 101mph.

When overtaking in any of the Ypsilon models, make sure you plan well in advance because they are all short on low-down power. You'll also have to be prepared to change down a few cogs to complete the manoeuvre in a safe manner.

With quite a high seating position you realise that this is not going to be a car for enthusiasts. It is no match for a Ford Ka or even a VW Polo when driving through corners on twisty B-roads. There is quite a bit of body roll and the steering does not provide anywhere near enough feedback. However, if you are going to spend a lot of time in city centres then you will enjoy the light steering because it makes parking a cinch.

The soft suspension set-up is welcome too, because it soaks up the potholes very nicely.