Better than BMW for less!
Some car-wash rotating brushes are pulling the front bumper sides out of place. More embarrassing than annoying.
Roof rack rubber fittings wear out very fast. Already changed twice. Strange.
The car is definitely not small (as it appears to my American friend). There is a lot of space, still this is not a cab driver's choice.
Although this car is often compared to BMW 3 series, to me it looks and feels much closer to series 5.
The 170 HP, 5 cylinder engine is adequate, but nothing to write home about, except perhaps for the very nice sound (not before first 10.000 km though). If you are looking for tire burning speed thrills, definitely go for 250HP T5 or at least 200HP "Soft Turbo".
Interior comfort, isolation and especially seats are all exceptional. Standard stereo has very good sound (better than any other "standard" stereo by far), no need for pricey Dolby Surround or amplifiers.
Handling and suspension are excellent. Curve handling is 100% balanced. Just point the steering wheel and the car follows. Very secure feeling.
This is very enjoyable and reasonable car with very subtle style and nice character.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th August, 2002