This has been a great car. I have only had it for 12 months, and have done almost 25000 miles in it. All I have done apart from the above mentioned and a service, is a set of tires, and this car has never let me down.
I do a lot of motorway mileage as you could probably guess from 12 months mileage. I thought that the car would feel a little out of its depth here, but it was as happy at motorway speeds as it was pottering around town.
The dash is well laid out for the driver. A little basic looking, but it does the job. The sports seats are great and very supportive.
This car has been great on fuel, as my average has been hanging around between 46-56mpg, depending how I’m driving, but either is good to your pocket.
As for the handling, mine was upgraded with the sports pack from new, so it had lower harder springs and shocks than standard, and these did the job intended for them. They firmed up the ride a little, but not too much. The only thing to complain about really was the amount of body roll. I did however get used to this, and it's not that bad.
Good strong engine. It pulls happily with the car full, though you can tell. I put a K&N 57i kit on mine, which livened it up an amount considering that this was all I had done.
Great colour, Nordic Green, which to be honest isn’t really green, it changes colour between blue, black and purple with a tinge of green when the sun is on it, but it is the best colour for the car, as the shape of the car brings out the changes (very impressed).
The boot has good space. There is plenty of room up front, but space is limited for passengers in the back for the longer journeys. This was not a problem for me though, as I am either on my own or just with one passenger.
That is about it really. A nice car, cheap to run and insure, very reliable and comfortable.
The biggest let down is the resale values. They lose a dramatic amount of money in the first 3 years, but hold well after that. 3 years warranty and AA recovery with the car is great too.
These are much better than Corsa SXI's, as they come with all the extras and better interior, auto headlights and rain sensor wipers. The doors can automatic lock when you set off to make a hijacker's job more difficult, it and makes you feel a little safer when driving around at night.