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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

A first-class driving position. Driver and front passenger get proper bucket seats for maximum support when blasting about. The gearlever pokes from the dash about six inches from your left hand – it's perfectly placed. All switches and buttons are clearly placed on the dash; stereo volume is on the right (usually it's on the left), so the driver doesn't have to overstretch.

Good pedal positions and a cabin comfortable enough for longer distance trips. Large glass areas and a well thought-out driving position gives good all-round visibility.

That boxy shape affords a decent amount of rear seat space, and the front seat backs have been shaped to allow maximum knee space for rear occupants. The flat floor helps, too, freeing up space that would otherwise have been taken up by the transmission tunnel. Neat detailing is attractive and understated, such as the metal name plate on the centre console and red Honda badges.

We'd always go for a model with air con (a £1,000 option) - it makes backroad blasts that bit more comfortable.