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It stops just fine. That’s the most important thing to know about the Celerio’s performance, but you wouldn’t have expected it any other way after it received the remedial work that it was due.

Taking a touch over three seconds to come to a standstill from 60mph is above average, as is wanting 52.6m to come to a halt from 70mph, but in brake pedal feel and outright retardation, we’ve really no qualms about the way the Celerio stops.

The Celerio is remarkably thrifty at the fuel pumps. Overall, the True MPG testers registered 53.5mpg

In fact, it stops rather more quickly than it goes, although, given the market it’s in, this shouldn’t be taken as a criticism. Although the 67bhp 1.0-litre triple that powers the Celerio is incapable of punting it to 60mph any faster than 12.9sec or, more relevantly, from 30-70mph in anything less than 14.3sec (31.6sec in fourth gear), it is a willing and relatively responsive companion.

It’s quiet and smooth and revs extremely cleanly to its 6000rpm rev limiter. That it will still pull 60mph in second gear, despite this relatively low rev limit, means that it has sensible gearing for longer journeys.

It spins at a shade over 3000rpm at 70mph in fifth gear and, being a triple, sounds lazier than a four-pot would at the same revs, so it’s actually a respectable motorway companion. It even resists the need to be dropped into fourth on long motorway inclines.

The Celerio is also remarkably thrifty at the fuel pumps. Overall, the True MPG testers registered 53.5mpg, which is a very decent result indeed.

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Even if you thrash the living daylights out of it, like you would only if it were a hire car, it’s unlikely ever to drop below 40mpg.