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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Ten engines are available ranging from weak 1.4 and 1.6 petrol engines to frugal 1.9 TDi diesels with three outputs - 64bhp, 90bhp and 110bhp. The best engines are the 1.8s. The standard unit is 125bhp, 150bhp for the 1.8T and 180bhp for the electrifying 1.8T vRS. If you're after a diesel, the 1.9 TDI 110 is lively, as well as economical.

An almost sporty ride, with neat handling and precise steering - the evidence of VW/Audi input really shows here. Wind noise may grate with passengers, though.