Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

A clean and functional design puts all the major controls well within the driver's reach while the big buttons and chunky dials make the stereo and heating system easy to use on the move.

Orange and blue colour schemes brighten the interior, though they're only available on higher specifications – the standard colour is charcoal. Overall it's comfortable, the driving position is good and there's no major obstruction to visibility.

The only grumble is that the steering wheel adjusts for height only, although there are not many small cars that offer reach adjustment too. Another annoyance is the strange toy-like noise the indicators make.

While it may be a small car, Vauxhall Agila comfort levels are impressive thanks to a spacious interior. It comes with five-doors as standard (there's no three-door version) and in the back there's room for two adults or three children to sit comfortably. There's a surprising amount of legroom for such a small car and head and shoulder room is good too.

On the move it is fairly refined - wind noise is evident, but engine noise is well suppressed. while the big windows make the cabin light and airy.

However, unlike the Suzuki Splash, air conditioning is standard only with the top SE version, while the basic Expression doesn't even get electric windows.