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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The driving position is manually adjustable, so a commanding outlook is not too difficult to find and there are no major blind spots that may hinder rear view. The sweeping dashboard and shapely driver-oriented design does a good job of disguising the fact that the materials are cheap and cheerful but there are plenty of exposes metal panels on show.

Overall it feels durable and well built – if not particularly sophisticated and all the controls are easy to use. Thankfully the awful glovebox, which has a crude plastic lift-off lid, has been improved in newer models.

Lengthy journeys can feel a little confined, especially for rear occupants, although the driver and front passenger are given a little more legroom and overall comfort levels aren’t too bad. Two small children may fit into the rear seats quite comfortably, but adults will find it a bit of a squeeze. The spongy seats offer sufficient back support, but the trim on basic models is a touch clinical, dour and disappointing, despite the neatly crafted dashboard.