I posted a review before about my 1.4 T3 which was a fantastic car. I've now upgraded to a late 2002 top of the range 2.0 diesel and passed the 1.4 on to a friend. Its currently going very well at 47000 miles. It has all the fantastic features I mentioned before, as well as improved acceleration and much better fuel economy. Getting nearly 47mpg at the minute including a lot of city driving, but could do even better if I was a more economical driver.
Also love the sunroof, climate control air con, and the chrome grill and alloys give it a bit of extra class.
I was looking for a hot hatch for a bit of fun and had never heard of the limited edition (250) Compressor - it's a supercharged T Sport with 219bhp - and then I drove past one at my local dealer. New (20K) it was totally overpriced compared to the Golf GTi & Focus ST but at £9K for 22mth old 06 plate it's an absolute bargain. This car is incredibly quick (my other car is a 4.2 XJ and I've owned Impreza's and M3's)and the power is smooth all the way to 8250rpm (no lag with a supercharger). Road holding pretty good, seats comfortable. Good size boot, rear seats fold down and Isofix seat fittings for the young ones. The only downside is the auto front wipers which are just too quick for any given amount of rain (a few spots and they go on constantly and there is no intermittent setting). I cannot believe I got so much car, in such a recent model for £9K. Total and utter bargain and that's why I give it 5* overall. You won't regret owning this car. Yor mates will take the mickey until they drive it.
great car to drive fast when you need it to be( over 6200 rpm), but you can just potter if you want to,had car for 2 years with no probs at all,would buy toyota any day of week the reliability of toyota is top class and i hope it stays that way ,would reccommend toyota to anyone that wants to just have the car in the garage once a year for a service and then drive as many miles a year as you like trouble free.
We bought this car just over 2 years ago - having rejected a Honda jazz because of the driving position. As a colour collection this was a good value purchase also and the premium on the diesel was not excessive.
Todate there have been no faults over 26000 miles some have said the 1.4 diesel is under powered and this might be true for a company car 25000 miles per year role. In every day shopping, child collection and shortish days out its fine, and pulls much better than any 1.4 petrol we have ever owned. Over 50 mpg real world consumption too!
No real vices, though steering is not as sharp as some, and stereo is only average - but it has everything we need. Our 4th corolla - they are not that exciting but a great piece of kit all the same would we buy an Auris - definately
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