Rounded corners, raked pillars, a high beltline and a relatively shallow glasshouse are all well deployed here, making the GS distinctive and dynamic-looking – and not at all, on first acquaintance, like a plain budget option.
That must have been a primary goal of its designers, and they have succeeded at it.
Most testers reacted positively to the styling from almost every angle, with the notable exception of the
rear, where the expanse of sheet metal between badge and bumper (broken up by a pronounced lateral crease) makes the car look like two hatchbacks that have been married vertically – and from a great height.
Look closely at the bodywork and you’ll find signs of questionable finishing that betray the car’s budget roots.
The shutlines and panel gaps vary from millimetre-tight to big enough to fit a pound coin into. Our Arctic White test car also showed a perceptible difference in paint shade between the plastics of its bumpers and the steel of its wings.