Nice quality and roomy, but the jury's out on reliability
Numerous parts to the front suspension replaced within a week of collecting the car.
Rear suspension has developed an annoying creak.
Over-light clutch which lacks feel.
Disappointed with response from main dealer I bought the car from when reporting the suspension - couldn't have been more unhelpful. Much better service from another dealer though, who fixed the car under warranty.
Front bonnet is prone to stone chips due to its steep angle.
Very comfortable and practical car.
Much improved interior build quality compared to last model, and is roomier than many cars that are much bigger.
Ride quality is okay, but could be more supple. Handling is reassuring - much better than my last car, and the on-board electronics ensure things don't get too out of control when being naughty.
Top spec equipment is reasonable, but genuine leather should be used on the seats, rather than the man made material they use.
The auto windscreen wipers are annoying when you only want to use intermittent wipe - they seem to have a mind of their own.
The little 1500cc 95hp engine is quite sprightly, and is more than able to hold its own, although long, steep hills will have you changing gear. It's also very refined with a pleasing growl when pushed. A little more mid range pull would have been nice, but it does a good job.
Tyre noise is a bit of a let down. Constant rumble, although this could be because the rest of the car is so quiet.
The dash is a lesson in quality and clarity - well impressed.
Only disappointments - and I know I've only had it 6 weeks - are the front suspension that squeaked, knocked and rattled from the moment I picked up the car (no idea how the dealer missed that in their pre delivery check - and it was a Mercedes dealer).
Also, the poor service from the same dealer in trying to get it fixed, and the rear suspension that has developed a creak when the car leans into bends or goes over speed humps, and the clutch that lacks any feel and makes pulling away smoothly tricky.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th May, 2007