An economical modern supermini
Rubber strip below the front bumper came loose.
Dashboard temperature display went crazy.
A cheap oil gasket blew at approximately 26,000 miles without the warning light working. Cost £300. Fobbed off by 'Network Q' service reps. Clearly a design fault that Vauxhall have kept quiet about.
Otherwise no problems, never failed to start and no breakdowns.
Solid and well built for a supermini, probably the best looking at the time.
The steering feels heavy at low speed.
Acceleration below 50mph is inadequate and it makes overtaking nerve-wracking. On the motorway it becomes a far better car, smooth, stable and quiet and with surprisingly good acceleration at high speed:- capable of cruising at 80-90 mph indefinitely.
Handling unaffected by extra passengers. Seating is fairly comfortable, good quality trim and controls and with good leg-room in the back.
The ride is a bit harsh on poor surfaces.
Gearlever feels a bit sticky.
No sign of corrosion or leaks yet.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 29th November, 2000