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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

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The C4 hatchback was the first car to show that Citroën had rediscovered its flair for innovative design. The successor to the dull Xsara, the C4 is unmistakable - both inside and out thanks to some unique design features. Like most Citroën's it is very comfortable and soaks up bumps well, but unfortunately the C4 is let down in some key areas. The... read more

PROS

Unique styling inside and out, well equipped, comfortable, innovative features

CONS

Low rent interior, slack gearchange, there are much better rivals for the same money

The Vauxhall Astra is a good all-rounder that's sharply styled and easy to live with. It's not the most exciting or involving car to drive but it's safe and composed with good road manners while there's a wide range of strong diesel and petrol engines. The interior is well finished too with good quality materials but unfortunately the layout isn't... read more

PROS

Neatly styled, well built, wide choice of engines, comfortable

CONS

Awkward boot space, poor cabin stowage, haphazard dash layout

For buyers who think Kia is merely a manufacturer of cheap cars the Cee'd will come as a real surprise. Designed for European buyers it's a huge improvement over its predecessor (the dull Cerato) and matches many of the mainstream alternatives. The styling is neat, it's spacious inside and the interior is modern and well-finished. Driver appeal... read more

PROS

Unrivalled seven-year warranty, spacious interior, generous equipment levels

CONS

Some cheap-looking interior plastics, not particularly involving to drive

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