Luxo hatchbacks: the group test
Which of these pulls off the ‘small car, big thinking’ trick best? Ollie Marriage investigates
Posted: 19 Dec 2012
There don't seem to be many buttons, and yet it has all the functionality you could want. Visibility is excellent, and space in the back is good, which makes it all the more baffling that the driving position is so wonky. To be specific, the seats won't drop low enough.
Not that the Merc does it much better. Here the pedals are too far up the footwell. No biggie, but an oddity considering this is a purpose-built new chassis. You'll get used to it, and while you do, you're free to relish the ambience engendered by this cockpit. It's great, beautifully detailed and lovely to spend time in. It has the best seats, too - wraparound chairs with built-in headrests that are standard on all but the base model. Their chunkiness does serve to make the rear compartment even darker (excepting the panoramic roof fitted here) than it already is, though. Think claustrophobic.