In case you haven’t already noticed, the Mazda 2 is a bit tiny. In other words, it’s not the perfect car for an airport run, especially if you’re picking up a family member whose idea of packing light is not exceeding the luggage allowance by more than a multiple of five. I exaggerate, of course, but there I was at the Dubai International Airport parking lot staring at a suitcase that with the best will in the world seemed utterly impossible to fit in the 250-litre boot of the 2. Plus, with four of us to ferry, folding the rear seats was not an option.

However, following much moaning and several back-breaking attempts, the problematic piece of luggage was eventually wedged into place. And while the journey back with four adults — and the wretched piece of cargo — on board wasn’t particularly dreadful, plainly there are cars in this price range that are better suited for this sort of task.

The trip back to the airport in a few weeks will almost certainly be undertaken in something else. Most likely a taxi because I don’t want to see another Samsonite any time soon. Don’t tell my mum I said that.