Too many useless electrical gimmicks that achieve nothing but infuriate the driver
This was a hire car for two weeks. Nothing went wrong but we all had problems starting the bloody thing, no matter what we did. We had 3 different drivers who all had the same problem. Quite often after trying to start it and then giving up, it would spring to life on it's on accord. Disconcerting.
All doors except the driver's whistled like crazy above 120kmh.
When the windshield washer was used, some of the spray entered the cabin and which meant the cabin smelt like windscreen cleaning fluid.
Clutch was a little squeaky.
We are not making these comments from an ownership perspective, but as a group of people who had the misfortune to have one of these for two weeks and covered a lot of miles in it. We have hired similar vehicles to this before and all the other cars have been fine compared to this.
Plastickey, cheap looking and feeling interior. On the plus side it does have lots of handy storage compartments and seating is versatile. Not a pretty car but the exterior paintwork was OK.
Seats were very uncomfortable on long trips, for all of us. Most of us never had this problem before so it isn't as though we are fussy about this.
Electrical handbrake is a useless gimmick, which can only go wrong one day. Starting the car seemed to be a black art, which none of us could master. Radio likwise, unnecessary complex.
Dash layout hard to read at a glance and stupidly placed in the middle of the dash. Fuel gauge especially dumb, making it hard to tell how much fuel is really left.
Credit card style key-fob stupidly designed so it is had to find the buttons, let alone figure out which is which. Battery fell out of it as well. Just a real cheap feeling thing.
Brakes were very sensitive to light pedal pressure but nothing you can't get used to. Performance was OK. I thought it handled OK for a large vehicle.
It was hard to tell when the indicators were on, because of the ridicolous positioning of the arrows within the mess that is the dashboard. They also make very little noise so you don't get the normal indicator click-click that you do in other cars.
When things ain't broke don't fix it. A traditional key works fine to open and start a car. Normal analogue guages are easier to read. Too many gimmicks which didn't add any value for us. The car must be an auto-electrician's nightmare.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd April, 2008