On the flip side, this car is absolutely mental!! For a 1.4, insurance group 10, you will not get a faster or cheaper car. It keeps up with a lot of hot hatches and can really throw you back in your seat, if you twin choke it in a low gear (although petrol consumption goes through the roof!). Every passenger in my car was impressed. However they do run out of steam, soon after 70mph, and as you hit 100mph, you have serious doubts as to whether the car will stay in one piece.
I have heard that they handle well, however my experience is quite different! I have never driven a car that is so out of touch with the road! Oh and by the way, if you thought the handling in the dry was bad, then wait till it rains - I learned the hard way, by understeering into the side of an Astra.
If you don't have much money to spend, and/or cannot afford "hot hatch" insurance premiums, then go and get yourself one of these. However if not, avoid them like the plague and get yourself something decent!!