Quite simply, this is the best car I have owned. Chuck anything in it, bomb down the motorway (120bhp version is a beast) and take it all back out again. Although most of my friends have taken the mickey out of it once we go away for a weekend camping in Europe or just a day trip to Bluewater, it really comes into its own. It's excellent to just jump in and out of during the day, it makes an excellent picnic wagon for day trips, things just disappear in the boot, and it has a fantastic driving position - it has 4x4 style without the stigma. The 1.9 120bhp is an excellent engine - it's very quiet when you are inside but with enough power to keep ahead of the traffic, whilst returning massive mpg! I have just done 60,000 miles with no problems - only routine maintenance has been needed It's very tough, inside and out. A lot of my friends have taken the mickey out of it, but after scooting away for the day in it, or just a medium drive in the very spacious interior, they are all impressed. In a sane world, this car really would dominate. As for the styling, I like the fact that it is not trying to be anything but a box on wheels - it is unashamedly quirky and far better-looking than the alternatives! If you are thinking of buying this car, or an alternative, then hire it for a week, live your life using it, then go for a day trip - then try living without it! Most of the engines are fine, but avoid the 1.4 petrol and stick to the fine diesel.
Simon Gardner, May 13th 2008