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Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0

Only two engines and they’re both petrol powered: a 2.0 or a 2.5 V6 – we’d pick the V6 as it is smooth and torquey, and the cheapest V6 you can buy. The sweet-sounding 166 bhp V6 underperforms in auto form, despite the Tiptronic sequential shifter; its power is more accessible in manual form; feels slower than the figures suggest.

Built for cruising about in – handling is competent but doesn’t inspire driving for fun. Much better to sit back and relax on smooth roads. More refined on the motorway, albeit a bit noisy; very undemanding to drive, with competent but uninspiring handling; good grip, although a little too much bodyroll.