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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The driving position is comfortable, with well-placed pedals, a supportive seat and an armrest. However, it’s not without its flaws. The steering wheel adjusts for height only (not reach), although there is seat-height adjustment available on SE spec (later Acenta) and above. Due to the characteristic shape of the rear pillars and small rear screen, rear visibility can be restricted.

This is especially noticeable during tricky parking moves. Parking sensors would help, but are not available. Aside from that, the cabin is a user-friendly delight. Black and beige are the two interior colour schemes that are on offer, although the black plastics give a sombre appearance, the cabin isn’t without flair, with numerous cubbies and stylish design touches.

Four adults can travel in surprising comfort, despite the Note’s compact proportions. The rear legroom is exceptional (see gallery), with more than enough room for six-footers, even when the front passenger seat is slid right back. Up front there’s plenty of room too. Every car has a CD stereo, with an autochanger six CD in-dash autochanger on SVE models.