Rather cheap to get, underestimated in other countries car, with excellent handling and grip. Its worst reaction would be to understeer some, but you always were in total control.
All-round disc brakes a great bonus too. Powerful and responsive (albeit one had to get used to the fact that the brake pedal is NOT sensitive to foot travel, but to foot pressure), always stopped the car immediately. They were so powerful that you absolutely had to wear your seatbelt at all times.
1.4 lt, 80 HP all-aluminium engine was a real gem. Torquey, revvy and extremely responsive throughout the rev spectrum.
In-gear acceleration gave other contenders and pretenders (the Alfa Romeo 33 1.4 and the Rover 214, respectively) a huge run for their money. Top speed an average 168 km/h, though.
The clutch has always been criticizes as being heavy, but even though I'm far from being the strongest man around, I've never had a problem with it. Its feel was excellent.
Gearshift was very accurate, light, responsive and the 'box was geared for acceleration, not cruising at 100 km/h with the engine running just above tick-over.
Cabin criticized for having cheap plastics and materials, but I never thought it was worse than a Toyota Corolla of that age. In fact, it was quite inviting and the pure virgin wool tweed upholstery on the seats and doors proved to be extremely durable, easy to clean and cozy. Wasn't much of a problem during the summer either.
Handling and grip, as I said earlier, were top-notch, as long as you maintained the suspension properly.
Suspension bits were always the most expensive spares.
Fuel consumption, as long as the catalyst was functioning properly, was very good, even with a very heavy right foot.
Very roomy, comfortable and pleasant interior. Padded, soft-touch door cappints and dashboard a great touch, too.
The interior was also very practical, with many places where you could stash your belongings.
Driving position an acquired taste. Neither good nor bad, but needed a little getting used to.
Standard equipment was a bit weird: No tachometer or water temperature meter, but power windows, central locking and rear curtains were included. We ended up buying the car with some factory extras from the more expensive versions: the tacho replacing the analog clock on the instrument panel, water and oil temperature gauges, digital clock, fog lamps, rear headrests, rear spoiler and, later, an aftermarket air conditioning.
No rust problems whatsoever.
No leaks in the engine, suspension or transmission.
No water leakage, even in the worst rainstorms.
The problems mentioned above are natural for a car that has been driven hard for 9 years and has covered almost 287,000 km.
We sold it to a Citroen dealership for almost 70% of what we paid to get it as part exchange with a 1800 cc Xantia.
Nowadays, though, they practically go for peanuts. If you find a good one, just buy it. You won't regret it, even though it's an improved 1982 design.