Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Turbocharged petrol four the only engine
  • Makes 162hp and 250Nm
  • Choice of manual or auto

On paper the 162hp peak output of the 1.5-litre petrol four is pretty good. But the reality is that it’s set up for economy rather than performance. If you push it hard for a rapid getaway it’s jerky and unwilling. And if you keep pushing, in search of the 118mph top speed, it’s noisy and unresponsive.

Nobody will buy an HS in order to drive it fast, and it’s perfectly happy pottering around town or cruising on the open road, where it’s more than happy at the legal limit.

Handling

  • Light but accurate steering
  • Comfortable ride
  • Decent brakes

Combined with the roomy cabin and good seats, the HS’s tuned-for-Britain suspension does a good job of insulating occupants from potholes and scarred road surfaces. The driver gets some jittery vibration through the steering wheel on some surfaces, but nothing drastic.

It’s not a car to go slinging fast through the bends, but if you do it won’t inflict too much body roll on you. The brakes do their job without fuss.