1999 Lancia Delta HPE 1.6 from Netherlands
A great all-rounder
Wiper motor at 91000.
Didn't run smooth ever since I bought the car, but it remained in working order until it finally broke.
A very solid and reliable car. No rust whatsoever, interior looks like new, no wear and tear. It feels like it's made in Germany.
Road-holding however, is typical Italian. It corners very tight, and sticks to the road like glue, and the brakes... The brakes are just awesome. It doesn't swing left or right when braking hard, and it doesn't dive either (No ABS).
Despite the sporty chassis, it has plenty ground clearance, and it is still quite comfy. But being a sporty car, it isn't a flying carpet.
As with any car, low RPM's give decent mileage and a more docile ride.
One shouldn't forget to shift down before overtaking other vehicles, since the engine only wakes up above 3500 RPM. The change is like Jeckyl and Hyde. It's very peppy, just don't expect to be king of the hill driving a 1.6.
The car is luxurious for its size.
Firm seats, adjustable in any direction, steering wheel as well, climate control is very easy to control. Power windows, brakes, steering, mirrors and locks. Factory 6 speakers are way above average. Everything you need comes with the car.
All the above features can more or less be found in other makes, but the timeless Italian design sets this one apart.
Stylish, versatile and affordable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th April, 2009