Excellent performance, but poor reliability
Breakdown in January 02 with an electrical fault, 4 days to repair.
Breakdown in February 02, same electrical fault, the Electronic Control Unit was replaced after a 7 week wait.
Superb performance for the price. The turbo provides effortless power without needing to change gears, although you'll need a lot of restraint not to make full use of the 180bhp.
For motorway cruising a higher ratio for 6th gear would be useful as the sporty exhaust note can become intrusive on long trips. Of course you can always turn the stereo up.
The suspension could be stiffer, although it does make for an excellent ride. The seats are comfortable, but don't provide enough support for enthusiastic cornering (perhaps the optional leather seats would help).
Dashboard layout is excellent, the only minor niggle being the headlight indicator being partially obscured by the steering wheel.
Overall it's great fun to drive, but given the poor reliability I would buy something else next time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th April, 2002