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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

The controls are within arms' reach, with the simple centre console easy to use. The interior is functional, but well finished, if a little colourless, and should stand up well. At the top of the range, Sport models trade the dark gloss dash inserts for a tasteful mesh-printed silver accent, and the steering wheel is replaced with a brushed metal, leather wrapped version.

One problem is that rearward visibility is severely hampered by the spoiler and bulky headrests – which, unlike many rivals, cannot be sufficiently lowered to increase visibility – so door mirror dependency is increased and manoeuvres can prove tricky to gauge.

The cabin is generally comfortable throughout and all models get air conditioning (climate control on top-end models) which is a major benefit in the summer months, as well as damp winter mornings. The seats hug and support passengers particularly well when cornering at speed, and the height-adjustable driver’s seat and tilt-adjustable steering wheel make it easy to find a comfortable driving position, although rivals - such as the Skoda Octavia - offer steering wheel reach adjustment too.

Mitsubishi claims that there’s room for three adults in the rear, but longer trips could be a tight squeeze as legroom is poor, though three children should be content on the rear bench seat.