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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The 2.0 litre diesel is a rather sluggish performer, but the petrol units are all quite perky and that includes the 1.4 base model. A 1.6 fills the middle ground with the 2.0 litre GTi at the top of the pile. All are quite refined and the even the GTi can manage an average of 35mpg.

Thanks to advanced rear suspension, the Almera is a far more satisfying car to drive than its appearances would suggest. There's plenty of grip in corners and the steering is quick to respond and communicative. Ride has not been compromised and it remains smooth riding whilst handling remains composed.