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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Engines range from the underpowered 1.4, through to the adequate 1.6 and sprightly 1.8. The GTi models had a 16v 2.0 litre unit whilst the VR6 model boasted a 2.8 litre V6. A number of 1.9 diesel units were also fitted, but the non-turbocharged versions are pitifully slow and have just 64bhp.

Handling is well balanced with plenty of grip in the corners giving plenty of confidence. Ride is quite firm and steering is on the heavy side, even with power steering. How well it drives now will of course depend on how hard it has been driven previously and the standards of maintenance.