This car is a wonderful antidote to the dull, dreary BMW 318 I previously endured.
It is about as raw a road car as is possible for someone like me who needs 4 seats and a proper boot.
The seats are very comfortable, and the controls are wonderfully tactile and I happen to like the fuss-free Jap-Car interior.
The suspension is very hard at low speed and I am glad that most of my motoring is on the open road!
The car has a wonderfully powerful and charismatic engine which revs to the heavens while delivering wild power and a soundtrack straight from the racetrack - a heady sensation for the driver!
The car handles and steers better than any other car I have ever driven including a MY98 Impreza turbo. I learn something new every time I drive this car.
Also in mixed driving I am getting more than 33mpg overall, which is stunning for a 187 BHP engine.
So- great performance, practicality, reliability and economy. Is it perfect?
Not quite - the rear spoiler cuts across your rear vision at EXACTLY the horizon level, so watching for police cars is tough! Also for some reason the car is noisy at exactly 70mph, so a 75-80mph cruise is required for comfortable distance work.
Not much wrong though, and I can recommend this wonderful, fast and charismatic car to anyone to whom the new WRX seems like a bloated compromise.