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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

There are two petrol engines available in the range, a 60bhp 1.0-litre and a 64bhp 1.1-litre – achieving 0-62 mph in 15.9 seconds and 14.6 seconds respectively. As you’d expect given their modest size and power, both units have to be worked hard to get the most out of them and at high revs each lacks refinement. They’re good for pottering around town, although the overly sensitive throttle means pulling away isn’t always smooth.

There’s no diesel choice but the two petrols are very economical anyway, returning more than 53mpg. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, while a four-speed auto is optional with the 1.1-litre.

The Picanto is a really comfortable car in town – just as it was designed to be. It’s easy to drive in this environment too with light steering, gearing that’s spaced to give lots of zip and a tidy turning circle which ensures easy parking. However, the ride is wallowy on the motorway and especially on undulating roads, which can be uncomfortable for passengers.

Through corners there’s plenty of grip for its size, but bodyroll is off-putting and the steering is quite vague.