An engineers car built for driving enjoyment
Central door locking actuator became noisy, replaced under warranty.
Looks elegant and distinctive, but quite colour sensitive - silver, red, light blue metallic are OK, dark colours kill the looks.
Very well equipped, even has gas discharge xenon headlamps as standard.
Handling is fantastic, steering very responsive and nicely weighted. Ride is firm around town but the car is wonderfully surefooted when flying down country roads. Inspired enormous confidence, much better than other vehicles of this size eg. Avensis, Vectra.
Engine performance is OK, but not actually better than other 2.0 vehicles. The time is made up in the bends!
Build quality and the feeling of durability is good, I have friends with old Primeras which have 100,000 plus mile on them and they're good, which is reassuring.
Braking performance is also superb, with brake assist as standard.
Seats are very supportive and grip well.
Overall, a separate and distinctive choice which is great fun to drive and well engineered, but discreet enough to avoid plod's attention.
Excellent value nearly new with the 3 year warranty.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2001