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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Drivers may initially find the location of the gear selector a little odd - on the end of a stalk by the steering wheel. This 'stick selector' (see gallery) is very rare outside of America and requires the driver to simply pull up for reverse and down for drive. The driving position is comfortable with multiple electric adjustments and the option of heated and ventilated front seats.

The steering wheel adjusts (electrically) for reach and height. The multi-function steering wheel allows the driver to control many of the car's functions - such as the stereo and trip computer - on the move. It takes a little while to get to grips with the menus, but using it soon becomes second nature.

The well proportioned interior can carry five adults in comfort, though with just four on board, there's room to really spread out. The ride, in standard mode, is acceptable over most conditions and can be changed at the push of a button to be either a comfortable or sporty set-up. Elsewhere, there's plenty of head and legroom for all passengers and superb sound insulation.

It's quiet when you want it to be, for instance on the motorway, but the pleasing sound of the engine is channelled into the car when you put your foot down.