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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Diesels make the most sense. There are five versions of the 1.9 TDI engine with 90, 100, 110, 115 and 130 bhp. The 115bhp version is the best all-rounder. 1.6 petrol is a bit underpowered for a fully-laden estate, 1.8T has useful turbo power. 2.0 petrol is a bit thirsty, 2.3 V5 is an extravagance.

Predictable and controlled under most conditions. Plush ride over bumpy roads, quiet on the motorway, easy to drive slow, fast or slot into a tight space in Asda's car park.