Certain cars come to define their category when it comes to public perception.

For decades, it’s been a case of think sports car, think Porsche 911. Land Rover’s towering Range Rover fulfils the same role in the plush SUV class and the Mini, both before and after BMW’s 1996 acquisition, is the city car that has always sat front and centre in buyers’ minds. As for the C-segment hatchback – bastion of European family transport until very recent times, when crossovers have arrived as usurpers – that’s also an easy one: it’s the Volkswagen