Fantastic and cheap performer - look beyond the badge!
Nothing apart from a little turbo smoke when the car has been sat in traffic/idling for 10+ minutes. Any ideas anyone?
Great car. I have previously owned a couple of Rover 214 16v's and were pleased with them, so the natural progression was the turbo. 200bhp standard and lots of fun. Suffers from a bit of torque steer, but you learn to live with it. In terms of handling, I was pretty impressed in comparison with the other dreadful-handling hatchbacks, but it's still not a patch on my 1985 XR3i.
Great gearbox makes for lazy driving (25-150? mph in 5th with no problems). Very fast as long as you are on a dry road.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th January, 2006