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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The interior is well thought out, with ample space for even large drivers, a good seat and excellent driving position, thanks to a adjustable seats and steering column. The overall effect is sober and functional, yet attractive.

Fit and finish are exceptional, with high quality plastic used to good effect on the fascia and dashboard. It’s a look that other manufacturers have since tried to imitate. Seats are supportive; even high milers should still be quite firm. Plenty of room for the front and rear passengers.