Here’s the biggest reason to avoid the entry-level model – it doesn’t get the 7.0-in colour touchscreen that becomes the main interface and focal point of the dashboard in the other trims. Instead, cheapest SE cars have a single CD player, AM/FM radio, two USB inputs and a multi-function steering wheel. If you can, it’s well worth the extra cash to get the 7.0in colour screen, sat-nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity of SE-L Nav. The same system is fitted to the top-spec Sport Nav trim.
The system is easily controlled via the rotary switch and shortcut buttons in front of the gearlever. The only irritation is that you can’t turn off voice guidance – you can silence it, but it still dims the speakers when there would have been an announcement.
The Bluetooth is quite effective – it’s easy to connect the phone, and you can hold a hands-free telephone conversation at motorway speed, as long as you’re prepared to raise your voice a touch. You get two USB connectors at the base of the dash, next to a cubby that’ll take a mobile phone, but there’s no smartphone link to let you operate your phone’s apps through the screen.