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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Mainstream engines are the peppy and frugal 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol engines. 2.0 D-4D sounds a little rougher than rival diesel engines but performs well enough, and older 90bhp replaced by a 1.4-litre version which is quieter than the 2.0-litre and more economical. T Sport is happiest at high revs which can be tiresome as you have to work harder to get the best out of it.

Special edition T Sport Compressor is much better with smooth, linear but rapid acceleration. A shame that only 250 of these have been built.

Safe and predictable handling with accurate steering and quite a slick gearchange. Suspension copes well with twisty roads while soaking up bumps and potholes on A and B-roads. It cruises happily on the motorway. Fun to drive when you’re in the mood, hassle-free when you’re not. T Sport offers a firmer ride and sharper responses. T Sport Compressor does a fine job of deploying its extra power to the front wheels without the unruliness you sometimes get in 200bhp-plus front-wheel drive cars.