Overall, a good car to drive and I don't regret buying it
The car had a bit of a hiccup when accelerating from a standstill, but this was fixed by the dealer replacing the spark plug leads.
There was a grinding/stretching noise when you turned the steering wheel. This was only in hot weather and was intermittent. The dealer got it fixed. Apparently it was a minor repair.
I will start with the positives first:
The car is comfortable to drive and especially on long distances. It drives smoothly at 100-120kp/h.
The leather trim is very nice and comfortable.
It has good acceleration when you put your foot down, both around town and on the highway. I read the engine is a vauxhall built engine, but I may be wrong.
It holds the road well when steering around corners.
It is average on fuel. I get around 10-11L per 100km.
It has a simple non-cramped interior.
Now for the negatives:
The CD player isn't very good. It keeps skipping even on clean CD's. Although, the radio is fine and it has an excellent speaker system (6 speakers in all).
The immobiliser/keyless entry can be annoying to operate. One button unlocks the drivers door, then you need to press another button to unlock the passengers. Then to lock it you need to press the first button twice. Problem is that sometimes it seems to get confused with itself.
One of the rear passenger window button keeps sticking.
There is a disappointing lack of storage compartments.
The cup holder can be annoying when it is out as it rests on your knee and if you have a cup in it, you can't eject or insert CD's into the stereo.
No cruise control.
The indicator lever is on the left hand side of the steering wheel.
No middle armrest for the rear seat.
Not very good visability for the driver.
The headrests in the back can get in the way of visability. I have had a couple of near accidents because of this.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd February, 2005