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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The high driving position gives a great view of the road ahead, although the chunky pillars restrict side visibility (in spite of the addition of a small ‘quarterlight’ window) and it can be hard to see out of the back with seven on board. But the driving position is highly adjustable and easy to get comfortable as the steering wheel adjusts for height and reach and the seat-height can be raised.

The interior layout is simple and all the controls are easy to navigate while cars from 2007 get a fresher look inside and some new materials, although the changes aren’t radical.

Engine noise is only a problem if you’re pushing the 1.6-litre engine or the diesels (the 1.9 TDI can be very vocal). The diesels are good for cruising though where the volume is less noticeable, while road and wind noise are kept well in check. Crucially, a cosseting ride means the cabin is well isolated and the whole driving experience is relaxing.

The second row of seats is reasonably roomy with plenty of head and legroom, though the rearmost two are for children only as space is very tight.