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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

More than competent when zipping around town, the Amica has no trouble keeping up with town traffic, although motorway overtaking does need advanced planning, as it struggles to higher speeds on the open road and loses momentum very quickly. The Amica strongly dislikes steep inclines and will perform accordingly; after all, the 1.0-litre engine wasn’t built to muscle through mountainous terrains, so keep it on flat territory and the small unit will give just as good as it gets.

Weighing in at a meagre 850kg, the Amica’s stability is understandably affected by strong crosswinds and there is noticeable body roll when cornering. The PAS system – available on all GSi and newer Si models – is a godsend and makes the steering light and effortless, though you may have to wrestle with the wheel on older Si models as the handling is a touch heavy.