The poor mans Polo
There has been a maddening whistle emanating from the passenger side area since new. It's been back to the garage three times, but never fixed.
The dashboard has been a sea of rattles and creaks. Most of these have been sorted out now, but they tend to come back a week after the garage fixes them.
I'm only 9 stone and the driver seat is looking very creased already at 4500 miles.
Front driver seat height adjust - this would lower itself of its own accord over time. The garage fixed it.
Also the interior plastics mark very easily.
1.2 only returns 40mpg at absolute best, a lot less with A/C on, traffic or above 75mph.
I originally bought this car because I was sick of buying Rovers which seemed to be made by monkeys rather than men. This 'reliable' car is perhaps a punishment for deserting our car industry.
The car looks sporty on the outside and the inside isn't bad either. Twice it's been likened to an Alfa Romeo.
The 1.2 is surprisingly nippy and fine on the motorway. It's also amazingly quiet all of the time. The problem is when it is idling when it does tend to irritate by juddering (common to the 1.2 3-cylinders say the garage).
The ride is good, a little hard, but then this is a small car. The handling is nowhere near sporty.
In all, I don't know what to make of this car, it is full of gadgets and features which I am still discovering. It's got the credentials of being '03 What Car? car of the year and being part of the VAG group. However, it is also badly built and let down by incompetent after-sales support.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd June, 2003