Good, fun first car, don't go there if over 6'3"
Top mount needed replacing.
Brakes needed replacing.
Clutch hose needed replacing.
Rear coil spring broke.
Front strut needs replacing.
Good little car, nippy in urban areas and definitely feels fun to drive. You can feel what the car is doing, so you feel bumps in the road through the steering wheel, know when it's skidding a bit, steering is very hard and responsive. The brakes require some force, but can lock the wheels must be acceptable. The car handles well; a little roll in the corners and slight loss of traction, but never skids.
The cabin is quite small, and really this car is a 2+2; only small children/animals/luggage really can go on the back seats. Top speed listed as 96mph, but it will go 108mph before the rev limiter steps in. Does about 35mpg, 45 if driven like a train.
Really needs to be revved to accelerate reasonably, there is not a lot of torque, however lack of a rev counter doesn't help much.
The car heats up quick in the cold, A/C is very useful. Good first car for someone who only rarely carries more than 1 passenger. I can't imagine driving the 1.0 litre, the extra 300cc makes a big difference on slip roads, country lanes etc.
Boot is small but seats do fold forwards for more space. Also the exterior styling is more suited for a girl than a boy.
The seats are slightly uncomfortable after about 3 hours, but having not driven another car for that long without a break, that could be typical.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th October, 2008