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  • Summary

    4 out of 5 4.0

    What does this car say about you?

    A car is a car. If I've got anything to say about myself, I say it, I don't sit in a car and wait for people to work it out.

    What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?

    Haven't a clue. The wife has one criticism - it's a bit low getting in and out (dodgy knee).

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    Yes - for the reasons included in this review.

    What are you likely to buy next?

    Haven't a clue.

  • Buying experience

    4 out of 5 4.0

    Type of dealer you bought from?

    Didn't buy from a dealer

    Did you buy this car new?


    What price did you pay?


    When did you buy the car?

    July 2009

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    I think so. Quite a few extras included such as CD changer, Bluetooth, Tracker, leather interior, black metallic paint, low mileage (18,000).

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    Wanted an estate that would be reliable, do a high mileage and good for long journeys.

    What was the dealer like?

  • Driving it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    What's it like to drive?

    Great on long journeys. Glides round corners.Lots of poke if and when you need it.

    What's it like to park?

    Parking sensors are great so very easy.

  • Living with it

    4 out of 5 4.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    One or two irritants: warning lights currently suggesting ABS pump failure, had to have new alternator fitted - overcharging, crankshaft damper bonding failed requiring new pulley - could have been very serious if not detected early.

    What's most practical about your car?

    Quite good mpg (45 at least). Very comfortable on long journeys. Great handling.

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    I'm not into gadgets - but the Bluetooth is handy.