Beautiful car with character
Front brake pads and discs worn.
Rear brake pads worn.
All 4 tyres needed replacing.
Various bulbs blowing constantly.
Performance-wise this car is astonishing for a 90BHP diesel - motorway journeys are a joy due to the car's serious torque. On a twisting road virtually no other car in it's class will be able to keep up. This is all down to the superb engine which is smooth and refined at all times, quick and yet can return 700 miles to the 13 gallon tank on a long journey.
The handling is tremendous - the car sticks to the road and the steering lets you feel everything that is going on. The grip is astonishing and the car is very reluctant to understeer. This combined with the great engine makes it a top-rated driver's car.
The ride is also extremely supple and the seats and driving position are excellent, making this a comfortable car.
The interior is nicely finished with half leather trim, aluminium-effect dash and gearknob, leather-trimmed steering wheel and four head restraints. However, this is somewhat let down by the car's below par build quality. The dash rattles at low engine speeds and every time you go over a bump. However, it's ergonomics and boot space cannot be faulted. The same can be said for it's equipment levels with analogue climate control, electric front windows, rain-sensitive wipers, remote locking/alarm.
Last, but not least is the car's exterior. Mine is in a lovely shade of metallic ice blue and although it's the 5-door version, it looks great with side skirts, alloys and front spots.
Overall a brilliant car with very few faults. Forget the GTI-6 and buy one of these instead. You won't be disappointed!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st March, 2005