Fantastic ride, handling and extras at a bargain price
Coolant leak just after purchase.
Strange problem with the car cutting out, and then starting again moments later.
This car is better than it looks. For its age and the price paid it comes with everything you could ever want, electric windows and mirrors, heated seats and mirrors, central locking, electric sun roof, and power steering.
The driving position is good with the height of the steering wheel being adjustable, and the seats are heated and comfortable.
Handling of car this smacks any Ford Escort or similar priced/sized car round the face. It sucks itself to the road and corners well. Although it's a Volvo it is actually fun to drive and it's rock steady at speed. The ride quality is equally good.
The Renault 1.7 engine is fast when pushed, although it's not an injection. 0-60 comes up in 12 seconds when pushed to the red line in second. Third gear is well placed in the Rev range for quick overtaking.
The cabin trim though is poor, with rattles and squeaks coming from the dashboard.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th May, 2001