I have had this car now for 3 months and covered roughly 2000 miles and crossed fingers has been good (having read other readers comments), OK so it's not built as well as my last car (Volvo C30) but it has actually got a boot, huge in fact (comparatively). Having owned an Alfa and driven a few Fiats in the past I know that they are built to a price and are functional, accept that and you will be happy. Handling - OK actually, yes the body rolls but still good and if provoked just drifts, but don't expect miracles. Economy - The engine has loosened up a bit now and 49mpg is about the average at present Performance - When brand new I thought what have I done this is gutless, but now it is actually not bad and the Trekking version has the 95bhp engine so the power to weight ratio is similar (ish) to my 1.6D Volvo. The trick if you want it to shift is change up between 25000 and 3000rpm below that is good for economy but slooowwww. Boot Space - Brilliant it is large and square and the seats come out completely - Dogs love getting in as well. Ride and Comfort - Actually very good and noise levels low (OK not Volvo low) Down sides - Media system although 'comprehensive' as my iPod connects no problem and the bluetooth works, but the sound quality is strictly average. Have already been under the car to 'put right' some cheap tin bits (previous Fiat and Alfa experience). Overall - This car is what it says on the tin... a van with windows and very practical wit it.
Stephen Kellett, WIltshire, June 9th 2012