Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

None of the Spyder's mainly German rivals feels quite so special from behind the wheel. The cabin is awash with rich leather covering the seats, doors and the attractive curving dashboard whose six instrument dials look as exotic as the trademark clock in the dash centre. It all looks suitably well screwed together too, but it's not uncommon to find loose trim.

The distinctive seats look great but aren’t the most supportive either; the shapely steering wheel however feels perfect. Cambiocorsa cars have two paddles behind the wheel and no gearstick. The small T-shaped lever on the console is only used to select reverse.

Although the Spyder is meant to be sports car, it's a shame that the Coupé version's surprisingly roomy rear seats couldn't have been integrated here. The chairs in the back of a Jaguar XK or Porsche 911 cabrio might be small but they can be useful, particularly if you have children. But accept that the Spyder is fun for two only and there's a lot to like with good head and legroom and a fully electric hood operated by a button on the centre console.

It's marked down here for the clunkiness of both manual and Cambiocorsa transmissions although post-2003 Cambiocorsas were smoother than earlier cars.