Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The estate gets the choice of a single petrol engine, a 1.6 litre which is fairly lively, but a little unrefined. Alternatively and most popular would be the excellent diesels of which there's two 1.6 HDIs with 90 and 110bhp.

Doesn't feel as nimble as the 306 it replaces, because safety equipment and added comfort has weighed it down. But it's safe, solid and easy to drive. Although the steering is light, it's not easy to park, because the rear pillars are chunky and restrict visibility. Suspension copes well with bumps but doesn't roll too much around corners.