I've just come back from holiday, where I was unfortunate enough to have one of these as a hire car, and I have to say this is truly THE worst car I have ever driven and I've driven some rubbish in my time. The exterior feels like it's made of tin cans and the interior, well, a kinder egg comes to mind. I would not want to be in a crash in this car! The gear change is hit-and-miss, akin to stirring porridge; the steering feels as if it's connected to the wheels via rubber bands, the lean whilst cornering at anything more than the most pedestrian of speeds is terrifying or exciting depending on your point of view - going round a corner at speed is like a ride at Alton Towers. Everything feels as though it's connected via rubber bands and brake cables from a cycle. I'm convinced the brakes too must come from a bike - stopping quickly, is again, a terrifying experience. I've never been in a car where one can hear the fuel pump working - wheezing petrol from the tank to the engine every time I put my foot down. Although it is amazing that one can hear anything over the din of the noisiest, roughest engine since the demise of the 2CV. It may be cheap, but it's anything but cheerful. Does anyone need a brand new car this much? Surely, far better, not to mention safer, to invest in a better second-hand car.
Hugo Grieve, July 28th 2008