A very good all-rounder
Nothing in the past 12 months.
Owned this car for 4 years & 45,000km from new (& still own it!). The car has not given me any "surprises", it has been reliable, starting first time every time.
I am generally very happy with the Epica, though I have a few minor gripes (e.g. positioning of the air con button). It is a comfortable, spacious & very practical car. The diesel engine, mated to the smooth 6-speed auto, is a gem & comes into its own on freeways & open country roads, where the engine just ticks over at about 1700-1800 RPM at 110kph. I get excellent economy (even allowing for the premium on diesel) averaging in the low 7l/100km & that's with mainly suburban driving (I don't usually drive in heavy traffic or commute).
I have thought of getting a more "modern" car, but the Epica feels like a 'reliable friend' & I can't bring myself to sell it! The styling may be "bland", but it's easy to keep clean without all the folds & creases of most modern cars. It's a pity the motoring journalists didn't give the Epica a "fair go", because with long-term ownership it's proven to be a real gem, & a bargain to buy at the time to boot!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st June, 2014