• Summary

    4 out of 5 4.0

    What does this car say about you?

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

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    I would buy this car again, as I'm generally quite pleased with it - however, it would have to be the 1.4 or 1.6-litre engine, as they're a little more powerful (that's just preference, though; I learned to drive in a powerful car!).

    What are you likely to buy next?

    Hopefully either a slightly newer (MkII, PhII) 1.6 Clio or a 2014/13 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4.

  • 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 2013

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    I believe I did get a good deal - even though there were a few problems, these were pretty much obvious from the start, so we had no nasty surprises.

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    I wanted something cheap for my first car.

    What was the dealer like?

    The dealer was friendly and informative.

  • Driving it

    4 out of 5 4.0

    What's it like to drive?

    Powerful when it needs to be, and mellow when I need it to be. The steering is light and precise, and - although the pedals could do with a little greasing - it drives perfectly.

    What's it like to park?

    Fairly easy, although the turning circle leaves a little to be desired.

  • Living with it

    4 out of 5 4.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    The brakes kept locking on to the rear-left wheel, and a new set of brakes was needed about a month after I bought it. Also, the MoT was failed about 3 months after purchasing it due to a collapsed front-right suspension coil. Also, the sunroof leaks/rattles, and the fuel economy isn't great - even when constantly changing at 2,000 rpm and doing a lot of sub-urban driving, I still only manage about 300 miles to a tank.

    What's most practical about your car?

    It's always okay to drive in any condition - it's never failed to start due to the weather!

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    Not sure, really - the car didn't come with any frills; it's just a car!