As PT Cruiser owners we where instantly drawn to the Materia's looks. It's one of those cars people either love or hate but we've found people are drawn to it and comment on the smiley face. it looks much better in the flesh. Inside it is huge and comfortable, interior space dwarfs other larger vehicles and the sliding rear seat is a real bonus. The driving position is nice and high. Both my wife and I love driving it, she's 5'5", I'm 6'2" and we can both get comfortable. The gear change is good despite what some reviews have said. Performance from the 1.5 engine is good but not exactly sporty but it pulls well in any gear. The handling is brilliant for such a tall car. The ride is good with bumps absorbed well and travelling country lanes and B roads is actually fun. Steering is light and precise. The turning circle is fantastic especially compared to a Cruiser. Overall if you want peoples jaws to drop, heads to turn and to drive a fun, practical car, fully loaded with every extra, the Materia is for you. If you don't go buy Nissan Note or Meriva, I hear grey is in this season.
Paul Gee, October 16th 2007