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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The front seating position is relatively high which gives the driver a good view of the road. Those seats are highly adjustable although it takes some fiddling about to find a good driving position. The controls are easy to use but the handbrake handle is shaped like an airplane throttle which takes a little getting used to. Also, the six-speed gearbox is easy to stick into the wrong gear if hurried.

Keyless entry is a useful, allowing you to keep the key in your pocket or handbag even while locking or unlocking the doors. A push button starts the engine. The dash received a minor update in 2006 which included revised gauges and improved the sensitivity of the automatic lights and wipers. Rear parking sensors were also added as an option across the range.

There’s plenty of headroom, but rear legroom is relatively tight. However, all seats are comfy enough for day-long driving. The front headrests look strange, but are very adjustable (both up-and-down and forward and back) but while the ride keeps things smooth for the occupants, engine and wind noise can be intrusive at higher speeds.