Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The engine line-up is simple, with two TDi diesels and a petrol unit to choose from. The refined diesel duo are both 1.9-litres and capable of more than 115mph, with the fiercer 128bhp unit commanding a premium for its greater performance and better economy. The entry-level 73bhp 1.4-litre S petrol lacks pulling power and is less potent than the diesels – with a 107mph top speed and 13.2-second 0-60mph sprint time.

Despite the tamer performance, the 1.4 is the most popular choice as it was a couple of thousand pounds cheaper brand new than the diesels. Overall, Cordoba is more than capable of coasting at motorway speeds for hours on end, but for the sportiest drive, we’d recommend the hot 1.9-litre diesel.

Cordoba is fun to drive and easy to manoeuvre, performing just as well as the Ibiza on twisty B-roads and in town. It corners well and, thanks to the stiff suspension, bodyroll isn’t a major issue, either. Unfortunately, the sporty set-up has a negative impact on the ride quality, as it crashes over poor road surfaces due to the hard suspension. Nonetheless, the precise gearchanges are slick and the power steering is great in tight situations.