I nearly didn't buy this car having looked at the 'What Car' reviews. Luckily I looked around at other reviews and discovered that What Car seemed to be somewhat niggardly with its ratings on this one. I had owned a Mini Cooper which to my surprise had proven immensely unreliable and costly, and having lost faith I needed a quick change and I picked up a 1.5 DCI with S/S technology at a very reasonable discount. I have to say the car is great, very economical and containing every gadget you can think of it's comfortable and appealing on the eye. It has enough room in the back for the Kids and the boot is a good size and it's zero rated for road tax. Visibility to the rear is restricted and you need to keep your wits about you reversing into a tight space so the reversing warning option would be a good one for many. The performance is not at all bad and she kicks along quite nicely on the motorway, the engine is very quiet and the road noise more than acceptable. The steering is a little light, especially having come from the very direct feel of the Mini, but it doesn't take long to get used to it. So all in all, cheap to buy, cheap to run, good looking and with great features as standard, sufficient room for most uses and reasonable if not super performance. I would certainly recommend this car and think 2 stars is completely under rating it. I drive many different cars at work and think this is very competitve car in terms of overall looks, economy and practicality.
Ray Howard, Oxfordshire, August 9th 2013