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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Unfortunately, it’s not the most modern range of engines, but most suit the car well. The 1.2 offers the best mix of power and economy but needs revving hard to get the best from it. There are plenty of 1.0-litre examples around, but beware: most have been thrashed as former driving school or teenage first cars.

Steering is light on the move, but heavy when parking. Noticeable body roll through corners, otherwise, the handling is precise. It’s very easy to drive (always a driving school favourite), easy to park and a doddle to drive around town.