Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

With a cabin lifted from the 2000 Corsa, the Tigra looks dated and bland. The controls are well laid out but there's no feeling of style and it lacks the panache you'd expect in a small convertible like this. Worse still, there's no reach adjustment on the steering column which means taller drivers can struggle to find a comfortable driving position plus the seats are narrow and too firm.

Unlike alternatives such as the Peugeot 207 CC, the Tigra is a two-seater. But the plus side is that there's decent room for both passengers and even taller drivers will find it roomy enough. The ride quality is good too, which means long journeys aren't tiring, while with the roof down, buffeting from wind isn't too bad. However, the electric roof isn't totally automatic - you have to release two catches first before the top lowers.

Of course, the benefit of a metal roof over a fabric hood is not only security but also a warmer cabin on cold winter mornings.