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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Handling confident and forgiving unless taken to the limit; gear change and clutch need practice to give their best; steering is heavy – optional PAS is a bonus.

Firm ride is partly absorbed by good seats; rather cramped in the back; engines are always audible; some creaks from interior fittings.