Only a decade ago, any hot hatch with more than 150bhp would get enthusiasts frothing at the mouth. But now, it seems, you need to get near 200bhp to be taken seriously - just look at the Vauxhall Astra GSi and Honda Civic Type R, for example.
It all started as a one-off anniversary celebration for 50 golden years of Honda. But the original S2000 was never the perfect present. That is why the car has been tweaked every year since it was launched in 1998, despite the low production numbers.
If you're looking for excitement, then Nissan's Almera isn't for you. But if you're after dependable, inexpensive and respectable family transport, then this compact hatch makes a perfectly acceptable buy.