A cracking good car that will be a classic
Very fast. The engine is a little gem! Revs to the threshold of pain. No GTi could stay with it. Five speed gearbox easy to use but sharp and unforgiving if you didn't shift deliberately - easy to crunch the gears.
I had a three-door hatchback. Remarkably roomy. I am 6ft 2in and had clearance beneath the sunroof. Plenty of elbow room. Fits two adults in the back. Boot, however, is small. Any serious luggage required the rear seat to be folded.
Lack of power-steering meant that slow-speed manoueuvring was hard work. With wide alloy wheels, and tyres to suit, the steering was heavy! However, the small size made up for it making it easy to drive in traffic and down narrow streets.
The seats were rather small and lacked support for someone my size, but having said that I found them comfortable over long distances including a tour of Western Europe once. Small people found the front seats rather hard and uncomfortable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th March, 2001