I bought my Charade new as my first car. I have done a lot of long distance traveling in it etg. 500kms at a time. The Charade coped with the long distances well.
After 4 years the seat covers have worn and the stitching on the seat covers has come undone in some areas.
I have had ongoing problems with the drivers side door handle. The handle mechanism slips and I cannot open my door from the outside, this is very frustrating.
After 4 years the seat belt stopped sliding back up into position when released, instead they just sag limply and get stuck in the door when I try to close it.
Brilliant sound system too.
This car is highly reliable. There is absolutely nothing to complain about in the engine. In the 5 years I've had the car nothing has gone wrong.
It is small, handles well, fits into tiny parking gaps, handles 140kms per hour well and runs on little petrol.
I would recommend this car to any person on a tight petrol budget who will be doing lots of traveling.