A very comfortable car for its size. 16v engine takes some winding up and has to revved hard, but due to it's size and weight it is very similar to a turbo car.
It handles like nothing else removing the need to slow down for corners and the gear box is very neat.
I have not been impressed by the head gasket going, but I did not have to pay for the repair so I don't care! The only advice I can give is that never buy one of these that has been sat for more than 2 months. It kills them and yes, that is what happened to my head gasket!
Oh and one more thing, don't bother with the SPi, it is nothing like the MPi and you still pay the same insurance. The SPi has an intake pipe over the engine, the MPi does not! Plus the MPi has 7 spoke alloys, the SPi has cross spoke.