Quick, great looks, economical - it's the perfect hot hatch!
Passenger side electric window was sticking after a month or so. Dealer promptly repaired it, but has happened again. Dealer fixed it again.
Handling is superb - I'm told among the best of the hot hatches currently available.
The car is capable of handling considerably more power - not sure why Ford haven't tuned it further. But it's still great fun to drive.
Looks can snap knicker elastic at 100 yards! You get side skirts, 15 inch multi spoke alloys, cool round fog lights, steel grille mesh, and a spoiler as standard - features that don't appear on every hot hatch.
Interior is almost identical to the Mk4 - I reckon Ford could and should have re-worked it a little.
Stereo is adequate but limited - I'm in the process of upgrading to a Kenwood/JBL combination.
As an all-round package, taking into account speed, handling, styling, image, insurance group 8, and all-important value for money (it came with free insurance too), for me it's got to be the top hot hatch.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th December, 2001