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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Performance

3 out of 5 3.0

The three-cylinder 1.0 may only have 58bhp, but it's willing, sounds quite sporty and is well-suited to nipping in-and-out of traffic. Motorways need to be tackled at a leisurely pace as the little engine's not really up to repeated long-distance treks.

Handling

3 out of 5 3.0

Around town the suspension soaks up bumps and imperfections with ease - an attribute rarely seen in this class. The flipside is that there's considerable bodyroll and tyre squeal if you try to take corners at anything other than pedestrian speed. There could be more grip and the steering can feel remote at times.

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5 3.0

More expensive city cars can boast a better-looking interior, but Charade's is simple, easy to use, with some attractive touches. There are some user-unfriendly features, like hidden electric mirror controls, but the interior is comfortable with plenty of visibility.

Comfort

3 out of 5 3.0

At speed and on the motorway, engine and wind noise become an issue. Adequate room for the front passenger, not too bad in the back so long as you aren't carrying luggage for four people.Taller rear passengers will have no problems with head and legroom - for short journeys at least. Wide doors make it easy to get in and out of.

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