The idea - taking the look of the cutesy Fiat 500 and applying it to a car big enough for all the family to enjoy - was great. The execution left almost everything to be desired.
It beggars belief that after the final sign-off drive for the Micra, Nissan’s top brass all agreed it was good enough. It’s joyless.
Infinite accessory configurations and wacky names are all fine, as long as the car to which they are applied is fundamentally decent. The Vauxhall Adam, while improved, isn’t.
Even if you can forgive the Toyota's userunfriendly ergonomics, dull looks and curious driving position, there is literally no excuse for making a family car so uninspiring to drive.
Take one of our least favourite Minis, the Countryman, and remove the one big thing it has going for it, namely its capacious interior. The result is cramped, ugly and pointless. Mini calls it the Paceman.
Proton Gen 2
We try hard not to take cheap shots at bargain-bucket tin boxes like the Proton. But we’ll make an exception here. It’s staggeringly far off the class pace.
A car so mediocre on ride, handling and refinement that it feels like it should have been on sale at least a decade ago, and even then the Mitsubishi Mirage would have struggled to make an impact.
Yes, it has been improved but, boy, did it need it. This is the Ford that proves even makers of usually very good cars can have their off days.
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