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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

Performance

2.5 out of 5 2.5

There's just one engine available and the three-cylinder 55 bhp 1.0-litre engine is suited to town driving. It's nippy low down and well geared to make the most of the power. Short motorway trips aren't out of the question, but with a top speed of only 88mph and a 0-60mph time of 14.8 seconds, it does take some time to get up to speed and there's considerable noise from wind and the engine.

The upside is excellent fuel economy. You can expect 55mpg in everyday driving and nearly 65mpg on a longer run.

Handling

3 out of 5 3.0

It may not much, with it's small wheels and narrow tyres, but the Kelisa is actually good fun to drive. The small dimensions and safe handling mean you can nip through traffic easily and on open roads it's composed in corners. The ride is actually quite firm - surprising for a car designed for the city - so it can crash over potholes and fidgets on rough roads.

Short motorway trips aren't out of the question but the light weight means crosswinds can easily affect it.

Behind the wheel

2 out of 5 2.0

The interior is best described as basic and functional. But it's also very dated with cheap-feeling plastics and some flimsy switches. The ventilation controls are simple to operate though and placed high up while the dials are easy to read. The driving position isn't great as the steering wheel doesn't adjust and the narrow cabin means a lack of elbow room with two in the front.

Comfort

2 out of 5 2.0

The narrow body means that passengers will find the interior quite tight. Two adults can fit snugly into the rear, but cabin space is cramped and although the seats are generously padded, they lack support. The ride on rough or bumpy roads can be unpleasant, especially if you have four people on board, but it doesn't roll excessively in corners. and rough surfaces give an unsettled ride.

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