‘Luxury for less’ was always going to be a difficult brief for the Delta to fulfill. In the end, this car falls some way short of the standards of Europe’s very best medium-sized five-doors in terms of its rolling refinement and material quality.

The Delta’s distinctive looks and anti-mainstream character will probably lure plenty of interested customers out of more humdrum hatchbacks and satisfy them as owners. Those less bowled over by the idea of the Delta may well be more taken with the value for money that the car represents.

Few C-segment cars offer this much individuality of design

But given how numerous crossover cars are becoming at the £20k price point, it is simply insufficient for the Delta to be well priced, competent and a bit different. We were promised single-minded clarity of purpose from this car – one shining unique selling point. It was a great shame not to find it.