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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
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Performance

3.5 out of 5 3.5

Choice of a 2.3 petrol and a 2.0 turbo-diesel. The petrol engine is quite rough and needs to be worked hard to glean performance. The diesel is a robust and reasonably quiet unit and the better choice.

Handling

3 out of 5 3.0

The ride is fine on motorways, but becomes crashy on rough surfaces. Too much bodyroll, steering lacks feel and it could do with more grip. Gearbox feels stiff and changes are jerky.

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5 3.5

Good car-like driving position, no height adjustment though. Functional look to the cabin, though all the controls are easy to reach and thoughtfully placed. Good all-round visibility.

Comfort

3 out of 5 3.0

Seats are comfortable, but thick rear pillars will make third row passengers feel claustrophobic. Cabin is dour with grey trim all round and no clever storage cubbies like in the Espace. Noisy at speed.