The dash layout is a little unconventional, with nothing immediately in front of the driver and all the instruments and switchgear located centrally in the dash panel.
Ride and Handling
In a car with a relatively short wheelbase and a high body, you can’t expect sports car handling, and this doesn’t have it. It’s not too bad though. There is a bit of body roll on the bends, but it hangs on pretty well and is nothing to worry about. For the kind of car it is, the handling feels reasonably well sorted. Ride quality is not at all bad, either. We have driven the car over a wide variety of roads in the rural Home Counties and it copes very well with changing surfaces and rutted lanes. There’s an inevitable thump into a pothole, but it deals with most of the undulations very tolerably.
Ease of Use
The dash layout is a little unconventional, with nothing immediately in front of the driver and all the instruments and switchgear located centrally in the dash panel. The instrumentation is high up at the top of the fascia. There is a digital speedo sited between the fuel gauge and a rev counter. Below that cluster is the satnav screen. Other controls are at chest level or lower. The radio is sited immediately above a small storage shelf just ahead of the gear lever.
Boot space is reasonable for the car’s overall size, at 500 litres, and you can extend it by folding the rear seats. With the big tailgate, the car is almost like a tall minivan, roomy enough to carry a modest chest of drawers, when the rear seats are stowed away.
The car’s overall length is 4,078 mm, and it is 1,766 mm wide. The fuel tank holds 50 litres, so based on the combined fuel economy figure, the car could do nearly 650 miles on a thankful.