Overall give it 8 or 9 out of 10
Virtually nothing wrong with the car in the full 57k miles I have driven it from new. It has been extremely reliable. The only slight moan I have is the poor quality finish of some of the interior items. Two items in particular.
1. The cover that drops down over the radio/CD section broke very early on, but is so poorly secured I am not surprised.
2. The two plastic covers in the boot section fall off with such regularity I just leave them there.
There is slight feel of a cheap "clunk click" quickly fitted together car that looks good new, but in actual use things start to fall off or break.
Overall I rate the car as extremely reliable, very comfortable to drive (especially long distance on motorways - as a sales rep it gets a lot of distance driving, 40k this year) but I have never got out of it feeling uncomfortable). The 2.2 diesel engine is very responsive with one major exception of a quick pull away from a standing start, e.g. joining a road at a junction it is sluggish and you have to really judge the approaching traffic speed carefully.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th September, 2005