• Summary

    4 out of 5 4.0

    What does this car say about you?

    I do my research and go for good solid understated virtues - quality build, practicality, perfromance with economy.

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

    Only drawback is lack of height adjustment on front passenger seat. Why do car manufacturers think only drivers need height adjustment?

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    If I wanted acompact, practical mini MPV - yes.

    What are you likely to buy next?

    Something that has more comfortable front passenger seat - my wife finds most cars uncomfortable for any long journeys unless she is driving.

  • Buying experience

    4 out of 5 4.0

    Type of dealer you bought from?


    Did you buy this car new?


    What price did you pay?


    When did you buy the car?

    June 2006

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    Reasonable deal including part exchange on Mitsubishi Galant V6

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    Wanted diesel economy and MPV flexibility from reliable manufacturer - which ruled out a Renault Scenic or Citreon Picasso!

    What was the dealer like?

    helpful - arranged transfer of personalised plate

  • Driving it

    4 out of 5 4.0

    What's it like to drive?

    terrific turbo diesel provides tremendous pulling power above 1500 rpm. On motorways you hardly ever have to change down from very high 6th gear. Dropping down to 3rd or 4th provides surprising amount of acceleration - I frequently leave hot hatches trailing in my wake as we pull away from corners or up a hill. Handling is sound and ride reasonable though fairly firm.

    What's it like to park?

    Easy - it has very usefull rear parking camera - also good when lining up a trailer for the two hook.

  • Living with it

    4 out of 5 4.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    Couple of electric windows needed lubricating. Real tail gate release has just developed a fault - will need to get sortd under guarantee

    What's most practical about your car?

    Flexible seating - rear seats can be removed. If rear centre is removed then two outer seats can move inborad a little and gain about 8 inches of fore/aft movement

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    Birdseye sat nav with 7 inch colour screen. Very ueful even when you don't need directions it scrolls like a map. proved very useful in France this summer especially trying to find the way around the larger towns.