Comfy, sporty, reliable, economical, great standard features, and stylish
Intermediate steering shaft uni excessive movement.
Standard equipment level on the SXi is perfectly chosen for the era of the car. Whilst there's no Bluetooth and the CD doesn't play MP3, these technologies were not common at the time. Electric windows, manual mirrors, height-adjustable driver seat, power steering, A/C.
The 6 speaker Blaupunkt stereo is a kicker, requiring no real need to update to an aftermarket solution, and it links well to the additional steering-wheel mounted controls.
Leather steering wheel with airbag, standard mag wheels and low-profile Pirelli P6000 tyres. Matching bumpers and "Ecotec" TwinPort engine. Four-wheel disc brakes and remote central locking as well!
This car has all the modern standard features you'd expect, at a fraction of the cost of a newer version without the same fit level, such as drum brakes on a modern car? Ridiculous.
The elastic nature of the accelerator pedal is frustrating when mated to the manual transmission. Designed to reduce fuel consumption, it artificially reduces throttle control for the sports and/or hypermiling driver.
Power drop when the air conditioning compressor is running effects acceleration significantly, requiring the driver to adjust timing decisions between A/C and non-A/C mode. For example, when crossing traffic at a T intersection with the A/C on, bigger gaps in traffic are needed to compensate for the reduced power.
Fuel economy is good-to-very good. A recent 250K round trip in city, freeway and highway conditions consumed approximately just 13 litres with no passengers and a very light luggage load.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd March, 2012