Brilliant, but flawed
Leaking rear doors (common).
Paint bubbling due to water penetration under rubbing strips.
Worn console bushes (common).
Rear screen heater blows fuse due to water leaking from washer pipe (common).
Blower rheostat fails (common, every 18-24 months).
Rear calipers don't work properly after first brake disc/pad change (common, sort of fixed by adding Audi A3 tensioner springs).
Rear calipers leaking after brake service.
Clutch slipping after 50000 miles.
Driver's seat foam padding split, allowing a hole to wear in the seat bolster.
Due a timing belt service, which is expensive due to shoddy plastic water pump, and the need for new pulleys and tensioners.
Great performance from the 130bhp (228lb/ft) turbo diesel lump, and a pretty good drive for a small FWD hatchback. Modified to 180bhp and 312lb/ft it really shifts, leaving a lot of serious performance car drivers wide eyed and embarrassed. Driven sensibly it easily gets 50+mpg. Just a shame that the brilliant engine is let down by so many lacklustre components throughout the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th November, 2011