The hot hatch of its class
There is a rattle from the left speaker.
The right electric window is slow when closing.
The engine is powerful for its class, it has a true 16 valve character. It sometimes surprises bigger cars when overtaking. Fuel consumption can be quite high for a car of this class when pushing the revs.
The suspension is well tuned for stability and corner handling/grip. On the other hand, it is not a very comfortable car.
The cabin is well built, but it is a little dated in design and available space. It is a noisy car above 140km/h.
Stock tyres (in Portugal Continental SportContact 185/55R14) offer a lot of grip and feedback, both in wet and dry. Since they are now out of production, I'd like to know a good substitute.
Front lights have an adequate power.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th May, 2002