A beautiful drivers car - one you fall in love with!
In Sport Pack 2 trim (Recaros, alloys, lowered and side skirts, along with it's very pretty lines, this car has to be the best looking saloon on the road.
Inside, although not really up to the sumptuousness of the Lexus IS200 (for instance), it really is well appointed. The seats are supportive and comfortable, the sound levels are good, even at motorway speed, the sound system is good (CD changer added at cost) if not fantastic. I have done several 600 mile trips in a day and can honestly say it was a pleasure.
In terms of performance, I wouldn't describe this car as super-fast, certainly not compared to my previous car (Calibra Turbo) but it excels in many more areas. The razor sharp steering and throttle response, well balanced chassis and addictive engine note, the plentiful amounts of grip and a fine gear change, the good driving position. All this in a practical 4 door saloon.
But it could definitely handle more power - more than even the V6 has to offer. (Anyone driven the GTA yet - that's more like it!)
I really can't believe the 2nd hand prices at the moment. A 3 year old version of this car can be had for 7.5K GBP - an unbelievable bargain.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd July, 2002