Nippy and funky
Rear brake pads rub when reversing, causing nasty noise similar to braking when creeping in an automatic, but harsher. Had to wait three months before dealer managed to source replacement calipers; I'm told it's to do with resonance.
Still waiting to have the brakes sorted though because on the day it was due in at the dealer, it refused to start! After a lot of noise, bad smell and warning lights, I took advantage of the years free RAC cover; mechanic turns up two hours later and in typical fashion it starts first time.
The cabin fan squeaks when the steering wheel is turned left even by the smallest amount.
The upper tailgate rattles and is starting to irritate me!
Good turn of speed, but not as much as I would have thought. It has 1.5 times the power of my previous Saxo, but due to extra weight it's not 1.5 times quicker ;)
Good grip from the 195 tyres, but again I must confess the Saxo held the line better even on narrower rubber.
Cheerful cabin, steering wheel has good grip and feel.
6500rpm rev limit (at least that is when the rev limiter cuts in; there's not red line on the dial)
Not SensoDrive! ;)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th July, 2004