Take reader reviews with a pinch of salt as they are based on own their driving experiences, the range of vehicles they drive and how well they drive (always perfectly, right?! - not on your nelly!) ENGINE - While some drivers feel that a lot of power in one place is a bad thing (like the What Car reviewer), others find this power very suitable especially when cruising; drop a cog to overtake and the power is right there waiting to bring you back up to speed quickly and efficiently. And it will keep pulling beyond where you should be. GEAR BOX - First is very short considering the torque this car has, changing to second is lumpy as the turbo stops spinning a little too quickly - the answer is a faster gear change, but this causes erratic driving. Another reviewer was spot on about dropping down through the lower gears. HANDLING - Motorway driving is superb, a little movement is felt with crosswinds, but this isn't a 3 ton Mercedes. Chuck it about and it responds quickly and solidly; it will catch lesser skilled drivers out though as it does respond very positively. Minimal cornering roll, most of it coming from the big tyres. OTHER STUFF - Well equipped for the money. Crusie Control is excelent, it doesn't need to catch up like Ford's. Voice control Bluetooth connectivity, AUX port for MP3, Lots of Airbags, ISOFix, all good., general build quality is not a VW or Merc; you get what you pay for. STYLING - Front is very Manly, Sides look a bit dull, back is proper Girly!
Ian Flya, County, April 8th 2011