Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

There are three engines to choose from with an option of one diesel engine and the choice of two petrol versions. The biggest-selling engine is expected to be the entry level 1.4-litre petrol option. It comes with 89bhp and a five-speed manual gearbox. It will take 12.9 seconds to reach 62mph and then on to a top speed of 104mph. The other petrol model available is a 1.6-litre engine with 123bhp and while it’s the most powerful engine on offer it comes with a four-speed automatic.

Despite the added power it will still be 12.2 seconds before you get from 0-62mph and will hit a top speed of 114mph. The single diesel engine in the line-up is a 1.4 CRDI with a power output of 89bhp. It comes with a six-speed manual ‘box and will go from 0-62mph in a far-from-rapid 14.5 seconds with a maximum speed of 104mph. There’s not much low-down in the engine, but once you get it to motorway speeds it will cruise along quite happily, while the gearing means you can sit in a high gear but trundle along at a low speed to help with economy.

Both engines that come with the manual ‘box also get the firm’s start/stop function which helps to lower emissions and improve economy.

At low speeds the steering is nice and light, which when paired with the compact size make it excellent for manoeuvring around the city and small spaces. Get the car up to motorway speeds though and the steering becomes more weighted – ideal when you’re driving at 70mph and need to feel confident with the car’s stability. However, it’s hardly sharp on turn-in and feels a little vague.

There’s a fraction of body roll but that’s almost to be expected because of the car’s height. It’s hardly thrilling to drive but fulfils the kind of performance needs expected of a car of this kind and its likely customers.