Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Go for the standard interior and at first glance there is a swathe of mono-coloured plastics, but they’re textured and feel solid and well-constructed.

Closer examination reveals this solid construction extends to the buttons and dials for such things as the air-con – or climate control, if you opt for the Sport or Sport Nav. There aren’t a whole load of gizmos to distract the driver, and the simple main dial set-up is easy to read with a central digital panel displaying trip computer information.

Unless you specify the Sport Nav the radio is FM/AM only – DAB is not even available as an option. Windows and door mirrors are all electrically controlled and mounted on the door’s arm rest. Finally, the steering wheel has controls for the cruise control, audio and telephone.

For a small car, Hyundai i20 Coupe comfort levels are impressive. It may lack the greater space a Ford Fiesta or Seat Ibiza affords its occupants, but the front seats are firm and supportive and over a longer trip the easy-to-follow dash layout and driver ergonomics make for a painless experience.

Road and tyre noise are well suppressed at lower speeds, but above 60mph engine and wind roar start to make themselves heard.