I was sorry to read what Rebecca had to say about this model, as the 2-litre diesel (for me) has been exceptional. I bought the car (04 reg) with 7,000 miles recorded, when 6-months old, and it has now done 64,000 miles. Average fuel return has been 50mpg. I have nothing negative to say about the car, which is very quiet at all speeds, apart perhaps from 1st gear when cold - 1st gear can be stiff to engage first thing in a morning, but within half mile all is OK. Handling is first rate, and mid-gear acceleration quite impressive. I am also now on my third set of tyres (Toyo Proxes), which have covered 25,000 miles and probably have c. 5,000 left in them. Serviced every 12,500 miles, and with no MoT failures (or repairs), I can wholeheartedly recommend this car to anyone - sorry Rebecca.
Mike Hayden, South Yorkshire, June 10th 2008