Excellent reliable family car.
No problems yet.
This new car replaced a 1.8 RT Laguna on a P plate as that car had done so well (absolutely no problems). The new car was delivered on time as stated by the dealer who contacted me regularly to let me know the position. The new car I was to take to Italy 5 days after delivery. Had the car not turned up they agreed to lend me one of their cars to take so plus points there. Not sure if I am allowed to say who the dealer is so will leave them out.
The car behaved perfectly on our holiday. The cruise control now comes as standard on the Expression and was very welcome travelling along the toll roads at 80 mph as was the automatic headlamps when going through the tunnels. The steering I found was perfectly ok and the car ate up the miles holding the road perfectly. The blue lighting is very easy on the eye when travelling at night and helped me relax even more. At speed the only noise I was aware of was a bit of wind noise, I think it is a very quiet car. Rear visabilty is good and vision all around is perfect. The driving position is totally changeable and the rear headspace/legroom is good (I was lead to believe is was limited in other reviews). At 80 mph the trip computer showed my mpg to be 54 mpg which I can confirm was achieved. At 65 mph I get 59 mpg. Sixth gear is fine at 60 mpg for cruising. Accelerating is excellent when the revs get to about 2500 the car takes off like a rocket. At 70 mph the engines ticks over at 2000 revs, on idle it's 800 revs. Not much difference.
We travelled over 3500 miles through France, Switzerland, Italy and back again. The car coped very very well in all the road conditions from the Grimsel mountain pass at 3500m to the grim motorways in Italy.
The only negative side is I am not too sure how the interior will wear it appears to have the same black interion as a Vauxhall Astra.
Having read the reviews before I got the car I was a bit worried about what problems I was going to have. Now am very happy with car its way beyond what I had expected.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th July, 2004