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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Drivers of all sizes can find a satisfactory driving position, thanks to the height-adjustable seat and steering wheel. Renault has added a large panel of metallic effect trim to the two-tone plastic dash, which conceals the sound controls and keeps the centre console looking neat and tidy. It isn’t particularly stylish, looking more like a high street attempt at couture design, but it could deter opportunist thieves.

With large window areas and light coloured materials, the interior is light and airy, and it’s easy to see out of with no significant blind spots.

Passengers can relax in a decent amount of space, although taller people may feel a little cramped, especially in the back. The rear seats are comfortable enough for two adult passengers, but can be uncomfortable for a third on lengthy journeys, due to the lack of shoulder room and firm central seat. The cabin is tactile and soothing, but lacks a certain je ne sais quoi…

perhaps the va va voom that Renault speak of. The 2005 facelift saw an improvement in interior ambience thanks to the use of more up-market materials.