Understated and underestimated, this car is seriously fun to drive, exceptionally comfortable and low cost to run.
I've just completed a 3000 mile trip around Eastern Europe in mine this Christmas and it coped with everything - german autobahns (!), polish potholes, blizzards in Slovakia, extreme temperatures, the lot! The only problem I had was the door jamming shut with the cold which was remedied by putting a hairdryer over the lock!
The 1.9 Turbo Diesel engine runs like a dream considering it's age, providing just under 500 miles per tank and happily overtakes in 4th gear.
Having studied in remote wales for the past year the ZX handles very well on bends - providing much positive feedback to the driver (a rare thing in modern 'bubble' cars). I blame the french suspension...
Another perk, is the space in the rear. I often put the back seats down to accommodate my mountain bike.
Don't be fooled by the cars image! This car rinses any equivalent Ford or Vauxhall!