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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The driver sits rather high up, in a highly-adjustable seat, although it does take some fiddling about to tailor a good driving position. Controls are easy to use but the handbrake handle is shaped like an airplane throttle which is rather unusual although you get used to it. The six-speed gearbox isn't always easy to use and is better if not rushed.

A keyless entry and start button are useful gimmicks allowing you to keep the key in your pocket or handbag even while locking or unlocking the doors.

There's plenty of headroom, but rear legroom is lacking for lanky passengers. Kids are well taken care of, gangly teenagers will just about cope and the seats are comfy enough. The headrests look strange, but are highly adjustable (both up-and-down and forward and back) and work well.