Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The saloon only gets two engines. Petrol choice is the 1.4, which is fine for town driving and even capable of short motorway trips. The diesel option is the 1.9 SDI. It only has 64 bhp, is noisy and quite old fashioned. It’s best to avoid it, unless economy is your top priority (combined fuel consumption figure is 57.6 mpg).

Manages to combine 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. Ride is fine over smooth surfaces, but can get caught out on unmade or bumpier roads.