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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Favoured petrol engines are the 2.2 and 2.5/2.6 V6, which are swift and responsive; 16-valve 1.8 and 2.0 litre units are quiet, fairly lively, and good cruisers, but the 1.6 is underpowered and best avoided. Diesels are unstressed, 2.0 and 2.2 DTi models are quick with a 0-60 time of under 10 seconds, and are preferable to the noisy old 1.7 TDS and lacklustre 2.0 D.

Happiest and most refined on motorway; less so on twisty roads where handling and ride lack poise and polish; but always safe and predictable; most recent versions with tauter chassis are better.