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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

In addition to the sports seats, the leather-clad steering wheel - finished with aluminium trim and flattened-off bottom, is a treat to look at and to hold. The rest of the interior is enhanced over the standard Corsa with sections of gloss-black, lacquer-like plastic, aluminium trim and alloy pedals. The steering column adjusts for height as well as for reach and the driver's seat also adjusts for height giving plenty of scope for a comfortable driving position.

The bucket seats (produced by racing seat manufacturers Recaro) are supportive and grip front occupants without feeling claustrophobic, although larger people may find them a bit too tight. The lack of memory in the driver's seat means it's necessary to re-adjust the seat every time you use the rear - but this is a complaint of many three-door cars.

The engine's plentiful low-down pulling power means it can cruise easily, using a high gear at motorway speeds, avoiding the noise levels of more highly-strung rivals.