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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The flat-four engine emits a very charismatic note and is available in various states of tune – 221bhp, or 261 if you opt for the Sti. Add the Prodrive performance pack and power jumps to 305bhp.

No electronic traction control, but it does have front and rear limited-slip differentials ensuring you’ll always find grip. Steering is super quick and the ride is actually pretty good.