Powerful for what it is and cheap to run!
In the time I had the car which was just over 3 Months I only had a small problem with the driver's side electric window. Apparently the wires break up inside the rubber gator feeding the wires into the door an this needed to be repaired.
My engine was the earlier none HDI engine, but I felt the performance from it was very good. I managed to keep up with my friends 'J' reg Golf GTI just by adding a performance air filter with a cold air feed.
The car does very well on fuel been a diesel averaging about 45-50MPG, but this is increased to around 35-40MPG when on the motorway above 75MPH.
The car is very cheap to insure for the performance you get out of it.
The cars handling is great, I managed to keep up with lowered car in the wet and dry on standard wheels and suspension.
I feel the car is also very reliable apart from my small window fault which was just a case of wear and tear in the design of the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd August, 2004