An excellent 2 seater tourer
My toyota head unit no longer reads cd's. That's the only problem I have had since picking up my car from the importers circa July last year.
Despite being made in 1998 my car is a revision 5 turbo (in 1998 the UK only had revision 4) The main differences are mainly cosmetic, but still it's nice to have the "final run" as such.
The interior is very comfortable, however the cabin is a little short on space as you would expect from a 2 seater. Should you be much taller than 6ft you may not be too impressed! Despite this lack of space, the equipment switches are intelligently placed, and everything is simple and convenient to use.
The boot size is ample, I managed to happily fit a suitcase and a lot of other bits in the rear when I went away for a short break with someone.
With regards to my "6" I gave to running costs, be warned that results can vary wildly. On a long motorway run I have got circa 250 miles to a full tank (approx £35 worth of optimax) However, if its mainly "spirited" driving you are doing, don't expect much more than 150 miles to a tank. If you have a lead right foot, you are going to end up severely out of pocket, or in a hedge (you really do need to respect this car)
The turbo charged variants have rather hard suspension as standard, which on normal/good surfaces does not cause a problem, however you really do have to slow down for speed humps, failing to do so results in one hell of a clatter. Also on poor surfaces you may be able to "feel" the road a bit more than is desirable, but that's a minor downside.
Of course the turbo charged variants do have the major upside of being particularly quick, acceleration is rapid and overtaking power is present by the boatload. If 241BHP is not enough, numerous modifications can be done to reduce turbo lag, and to increase horse power, torque and such like. Mine however will be staying standard.
Do make sure you select the tyres you choose to put on your car wisely, put simply sub standard tyres can result in you being in an unpleasant situation! Don't learn the hard way like I did!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th January, 2004