This car has a fantastic, free revving engine - it positively encourages you to take it to the red line. The power comes in with a real surge above 3000rpm, and keeps on coming all the way to 7000 (if your ears can take it).
The handling can't quite match the performance, as it rolls considerably, and understeers dramatically, especially in the wet. The driving position doesn't help this, as the height of the seat makes you feel like you are sitting on the car rather than in it.
The downside to the performance is that fuel economy is not very impressive, even given the size, aerodynamics and weight of the car. If it wasn't for this failing, the car would be an excellent motorway cruiser - very comfortable and relaxed. Unfortunately, while the car could cruise happily at 95 mph all day long, you'll be forced to stop every 250 miles or so to refill the tank.
The GSi model is well equipped for its age - electric windows/mirrors/sunroof, central locking, and height adjustable seats with variable lumbar support are all standard.
The quality of the interior is reasonable, with big comfy seats, loads of room, and a huge boot.
Despite the fact that was a very low mileage example, it seemed to eat brake pads and discs. It also got through two exhaust back boxes and one mid-section, although this was probably caused by the low mileage (condensation forming in the pipes and never having a chance to dry out).
Unlike some other reviewers, I found insurance to be expensive - the lowest group any insurer would class it as was group 11 - which meant that insurance cost 50% of the value of the car. Ouch.
Overall - better than I expected: very cheap to buy, but not cheap enough to run to allow me to recommend it whole-heartedly.