Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The entry-level 1.2-litre engine only delivers 75bhp and feels very lethargic as a result. 0-62mph takes 13.7 seconds and in everyday driving it lacks low down pulling power, so joining fast moving dual carriageways can be tricky. The 1.2 Turbo engine (badged TCE on early models) has 100bhp and feels noticeably livelier, however it still doesn't offer much get up and go on open roads.

It's good around town though and is nippy away from the traffic lights. A 1.6-litre petrol engine with 111bhp is available but it only comes with a four-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel is the better choice if you intend to cover longer distances or will regularly have a full compliment of passengers and luggage on board. It's available with either 86bhp or 106bhp and both pull well from low revs without too much noise while economy is an impressive 63mpg in the less powerful version.

The Grand Modus isn’t great fun to drive, but it is easy and feels assured. It corners accurately and feels accomplished at speed. It isn’t troubled by bumpy roads and the ride quality is improved over the standard Modus, as Grand Modus’ wheelbase is slightly longer. Body roll is noticeable on sharp country bends but a tight turning circle and light power steering ensure effortless parking.