Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Once you get used to the odd-looking dash, you'll appreciate the thoughtfully-placed switches and buttons and the clear instrument layout. A good driving position, with an adjustable steering wheel and comfortable seats. Models fitted with sat-nav before 2004 have an impressive screen that rises from the dash. Cars from 2004 have a screen built into the dash.

All of Almera Tino's engines can feel unrefined when pushed, which means there's lots of engine noise in the cabin. The diesels are the most refined of the three engines.