Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The driver sits rather high up with a good view. The seats are highly adjustable although it does take 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 makes it a bit too easy to pick the wrong gear if you try to rush it.

Keyless entry is 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 and thanks to a slightly longer wheelbase rear legroom is better than in the hatchback versions. 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). The ride keeps things smooth for the occupants but engine and wind noise can be intrusive at higher speeds.