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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Of the small petrol engines the four-valve-per-cylinder versions are significantly better to drive than the two valve units although these will suffice if you’re undemanding. The 1.2 is great for around-town driving, with a great-sounding engine, and is fine for short motorway trips. Turbo-diesel units are fantastic, especially the 130bhp vRS engine.

SDI very slow.

A fine combination of responsiveness and refinement, with predictable handling and good roadholding. Steering is light and easy fine around town and on the open road. Good brakes and a confident gearchange. vRS is a genuine hot-hatch alternative.