A solid, fun little car
Central locking sometimes doesn't work (loose vacuum connection, easy fix)
Heater lighting didn't work when I bought it (a tap with my knuckles fixed this...)
The handling is very stable and predictable. It drives like a bigger car. You get understeer if you start to chuck it around, like any other front wheel drive hatch. Far, far better than Fiestas of the same period.
The 1.3 is quite underpowered. With one person in the car, acceleration is reasonable. However this engine doesn't have much torque, and struggles a bit when the car is loaded or going up hills.
The interior is a comfortable and well laid out, if lacking in style.
Maintainence is fairly cheap, especially if you can use a spanner.
Will make 40+ mpg easily. Will do 70 all day long.
The gearing is quite short. Around 3500 rpm at 70 mph, although it will still give 40mpg here.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st June, 2006