Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0

For a car costing this much, buyers should expect a higher-quality interior than GEN-2 Persona offers. From the cheap plastics to the old-fashioned cloth upholstery, the overall finish is disappointing. The indicator and window-wiper stalks clunk awkwardly into action and the steering wheel on our test model was off-centre. The asymmetrical design of the audio controls is bold and the Blaupunkt integrated system produces a high-quality sound, but the unusual layout makes the dashboard buttons hard to use while driving.

However the audio controls on the steering wheel are more intuitive. Visibility is inhibited a little by the small door mirrors, so drivers must check their larger blindspots regularly when changing lanes on motorways.

The seats in the GEN-2 are fairly comfortable and fully adjustable, while the cabin is pretty roomy for all passengers, with good head and legroom throughout. Three adults will find the rear seats a bit of a squeeze, particularly on longer journeys but kids will be fine. All models come with semi-automatic air-conditioning to keep the interior cool on warmer days.

It circulates air effectively but the fan is very noisy – even on low speed.