A vivid experience, try it at least once
You name it! If it could go wrong it went wrong. Radiator, hoses, thermostat, gear linkage (made out of bits of old coat hanger!!), clutch, 3rd gear went (because of the clutch!), speedo, accelerator jammed, speedo never worked properly - common to all 205 GTi's!! Shall I continue?
Despite all of the above problems you should have a go in one of these at least once in your life. Crash test and emissions regulations have outlawed hot hatches, as light and as responsive as this. When it goes, it really goes! but at other times it is just frustrating. Beware the torque steer and mad lift off over-steer, otherwise you will end up in a ditch somewhere. Unreliable, unruly but still, unbelievable fun.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th March, 2001