Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The driving position is generally good and fully adjustable, whilst overtaking and restrictive manoeuvres are made easier by the 323’s great visibility and lack of blind spots. A great view of the road ahead is confidence inspiring, as is the responsive steering and flat cornering, although it is let down a little by the feeling that the dashboard has been poorly thought out.

The 323 is a rare example of a family vehicle where the children won’t be too cooped up in the back, increasing the likeliness of squabble-free journeys, whilst boot space is more than ample. However, the poorly finished, cheap-looking interior is compounded by annoying trim rattles and there is audible road noise over 70mph, which can be a little intrusive.