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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The driving position offers a good all-round view and a highly-adjustable seat, although it might take a bit of fiddling about to find the ideal position. Controls are easy to use apart from the aircraft-style throttle handbrake which is just a bit pointless. The six-speed gearbox isn’t always easy to use and doesn’t like to be rushed. Keyless entry and with start button are useful gimmicks on higher spec models.

Headroom is good, but it’s let down by rear legroom, which is lacking for taller passengers. Kids are fine, gangly teenagers will just about cope, seats are comfy enough. Headrests look strange, but are highly adjustable (both up-and-down and forward and back) and work well.