Our Seat Ibiza and VW Polo were becoming increasingly unreliable so we decided it was time to go for hassle free motoring, ie brand new, the criteria being value for money, good looks, high build quality, reliability and more boot and passenger space. We finally decided to trade in the Seat for the 3TS. Upon returning to the dealer(Magna Mazda,Salisbury)to finalise the purchase they said that the range was about to be revised, and if we didn't mind waiting 2-3 weeks the Takara would be available. When they detailed the increased spec all for just an additional £145 we naturally didn't refuse. We took delivery just over 4 weeks ago, so its early days, but are very satisfied. The PDI was 100%, and Magna, who we would thoroughly recommend, were very easy to deal with, not pushy at all. We have now covered 1500 miles. It is comfortable with a good driving position, good rear leg and headroom, and a decent boot. Economy is approx 41mpg av.,which may improve slightly when the engine loosens up. Handling is excellent, though quite firm, and there is a degree of surface noise at speed, but not intrusive. Visually it is a vast improvement on the TS whilst the standard interior spec which includes 6CD changer, trip computer, front and rear elec windows, auto climate control, leather s/wheel etc etc make it, in my opinion, one of the best value small family cars available. So far more than pleased.
JEREMY BURNSIDE, June 10th 2008