Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Cube offers excellent visibility, although the asymmetrical rear window, which gives a better over-the-shoulder view when reversing and reduces the blindspot on that side of the car, isn't as effective as it looks from the outside - there's still quite a thick rear pillar. The instruments are clear and the integrated navigation system fitted to the Kaizen version as standard is easy to use.

The quality of materials is of a high standard, and compared with the Kia Soul, for example, which is in the same sector of the market, have more of a premium feel.

The Cube's boxy exterior gives way to subtle curves inside, with wave and ripple design motifs around the cabin while the seats offer good comfort in both the front and rear. Air conditioning is standard across the range, as are four electric windows. All models come with a glass roof, which also has a conventional sun blind, and a 'shoji' shade for allowing light in, but reducing heat build-up.

Engine and road noise are both unobtrusive, but you do get some wind noise around the windscreen pillar at 70mph.