Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The range starts off with the 1.8 K-Series (yes that's the one with the fragile head gasket). Aside from issues of reliability, it's a little lacking in power especially when mated to the automatic transmission, better to go for the 1.8 Turbo, or indulge in the 2.5 litre V6. A V8 is available for those who want the ultimate or who enjoy petrol station coffee.

The economical option is offered by the 2.0 CDT unit available in two states of tune.

It's not a sporting exec in the mould of the BMW 3-Series but offers a very cosseting ride which really does the job if you're after comfort as it delivers a smooth well damped ride and a fair bit of body-roll if you start to push it in corners. All models are front-wheel-drive except the range-topping V8 - which smokes its back tyres. Those who want something more sporting, should look at the closely related but much more sporty MG ZT.