Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Just one engine is available in the SX4 saloon but luckily it’s a decent little unit. The 1.6-litre petrol is also available in the SX4 hatch although don’t confuse it with the improved version which was introduced in early 2010. This is the older 1.6-litre with 107bhp which doesn’t feel as sprightly, but still delivers more than enough power for the light SX4.

It’s quite happy to revved, but has reasonable pulling power which means you rarely have to work it hard, apart from maybe when joining fast flowing traffic from a slow speed. It manages to accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.7 seconds and returns a useful 42mpg. It’s a fairly refined engine and is quiet on the motorway at 70mph, while the positive five-speed manual gearbox (there’s no automatic option) is easy to use.

Unlike the hatchback, the SX4 saloon is only front-wheel drive, there are no four-wheel drive models available.

On the road, the saloon SX4 feels very similar to the hatch, so despite its rather tall profile, it’s good in corners with impressive body control. The steering could do with more weight and is notably lacking in feel, but it’s responsive nonetheless and the SX4 gives you plenty of confidence on twisting roads. It’s good on the motorway too where it feels stable and comfortable, helped by the impressive ride.

This irons out bumps and rough surfaces with few problems, making it a surprisingly comfortable long distance car. In town the light steering makes tight manoeuvres easy and the SX4 also has a small turning circle.