I took this model out for an hour's test drive recently with a view of maybe coming out of the Co. car scheme, or buying a newer second family car for both my wife and I to use. The car is good to look at and goes really well, with very strong pull in all gears. The turn in is sharp and it feels well tied down in terms of damping and braking. The clutch has a very sharp take up and the ride is hard particularly so on less than smooth roads where there is some side to side rocking, strong evidence I think of the anti roll bars at work. I think in town this could be tiresome with speed humps, etc. On the open road, motorways, A -roads, etc I think the car would come into it's own. The salesman was quite candid about the mpg; there is no trip computer but he said the car would return low to mid 20's in mpg. With a 15 gal tank again this could become tiresome in terms of range, and cost. The car is certainly built to a (good)price - the basics are there, but no computers, displays, sat navs etc..even as options. The maths for me against other similar but more expensive cars like the Nissan Murano, or Lexus RX would be the purchase price (low) versus the high running costs / equipment and comfort. I'd like to see some other's reviews, but it is tempting as it's such a good drive - It's hard to forget the bad mpg, but it does have plenty of power. It's not really an option for co. car drivers though, the CO2 emmissions would generate lots of tax and fuel charges.
Roland Grant, Middx, January 24th 2008