Very economical and reliable
So far there has been nothing go wrong in just over 20K of driving.
I've changed the oil/filter, cambelt, tyres - just general wear and tear items, but other than those, haven't had to touch it, most reliable car I've owned.
Great little car, doesn't sound like a diesel when you are on the motorway, nice and quiet. It can get stupidly good MPG, I've had over 750 miles to a full tank before, but average about 630 miles when not driving like a granny. You can get high 60's and sometimes more MPG if you stick to 60mph, the car will also happily sit at 90mph if you so require and still get 45mpg! Gets much better MPG than my mates Mini diesel (he only gets 500 miles to a tank).
Not as slow as you would think, not a fast car by any means but its quick enough when you need it to be.
Really cheap road tax here in the UK - £35! Insurance is as cheap as you're going to get as well.
Basically it's probably one of the cheapest cars to run, it's very reliable as well so you're on to a winner with these.
Seats aren't very comfortable, I've got a base model so they are low quality with no lumber support etc. Can't see me selling it, would find it hard to justify swapping it for something more costly to run. Would like to keep it and see how many miles it will keep going. Just clocked over 100K and she's completely sweet.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th January, 2009