Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Roomster feels every inch a modern car on the inside with neat touches, subtle colour combinations and metallic detailing on the door handles. The plastics are good quality but it's not the most inviting of interiors, however the instrument dials are easy to read and all the controls are clearly labelled and well laid out. It's also very easy to get comfortable thanks to a driver's seat which is height adjustable, plus a steering column which adjusts for reach and height.

Visibility is excellent too.

Good ride comfort and supportive seats mean the Roomster can be used quite happily for long journeys. The three-cylinder diesel engines have a rather off-beat, 'thrummy' quality which some drivers might dislike - particularly those not used to diesels. The 1.4-litre can also be noisy when revved hard. Road noise and tyre noise levels are low though and while air conditioning is missing from the standard equipment list of the entry-level Roomster, it does have electric front windows.

The interior of the car is airy - thanks to the large rear windows - and can be made brighter with the selection of a panoramic glass roof from the options list.