Rear hatch rattles over bumps - a common fault with early build cars, a fix is now available from dealers.
Superb engine, full of torque with excellent high end power. Not temperamental in traffic and quiet when cruising.
The ride is very good considering the type of car, and is very comfortable on the motorway. Tyre noise is quite high.
Steering is full of feel and very direct, but does not kick back or tramline under braking.
Brakes make your eyeballs hit the windscreen, but easy to modulate.
The gearbox is direct and lovely to use, but needs to warm up before the changes are totally smooth.
I tried the car with both 18" & 19" wheels, and decided on the smaller wheel as the ride was better, and it didn't affect the handling enough, but made the ride much firmer, to warrant the extra outlay.
The BOSE stereo option is good, PSM sat nav very good, telephone module very good.
Getting on average (mixture of motorway and city driving) 24/26 mpg.
Can I recommend one - Oh YES, a great car to own and drive, and in my opinion it looks fantastic.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd June, 2006