Very smart, very cute, almost as good as a proper old Mini
I had an accident in the car just a week after buying it. That part was my fault, but the four-month saga of trying to get it repaired properly was a joke.
However, having finally got Ford Insure to take the car to a Ford dealership body shop, the flawed paint finish has been restored to its former glory and almost all the correct parts are now fitted.
Fuel consumption is appalling. I had expected things to improve marginally from a basic 8v Fiat engine that needed beating within an inch of its life to haul you up to the national speed limit.
I'm traveling no faster and in a much more relaxed style, but the fuel consumption is evil. On my I'm doing around £15-£20 per day where the Fiat used to be about £10-12. Still a darn site cheaper than the train though.
The quality of the car is exceptional, it handles better than a Ford Puma and looks a million dollars with the body-colored bumpers and Luxury model alloys.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th December, 2003