posted 4 hours ago
Mine is very blue and was crashed & repaired but even so, for a measly 3 cylinder 1.4 tdi it has reasonable get up and go, it just lacks grunt at higher speeds especially when loaded up. Which can be with quite alot. The space in the rear is more than it looks however! Running costs day to day are very good. 60 mpg is fairly easily done. Maintenance costs are steep with genuine parts (every 10k/1 year it's £60 for just the oil! ~£30 for OEM spec oil). This car has been made and broken for a while so new parts can be surprisingly cheap and used parts are in abundance too. Most cars have ultrasonic alarm which works well and can be temporarily disabled with a little button near drivers seat. Driving is fun and relatively effortless with tight roadholding and responsive electric steering,good brakes though rear drums need a good vlean at least every 20k miles, and ABS, TC, etc. work well. Basic A/C is good. Standard seats are IMO comfy even for tallish people. ISOFix in rear. Spare wheel tidily hidden with storage tray around it. Reasonable storage in doors and plenty in centre console. Good cupholders! Dealership cars seem very pricey so look for good used car warranty for anything over 30k miles and a few years though as I said there's lots of these about and its basically the same model used for 10 years (the engine design is much older and very well tested) so loads of serviceable items are very cheap and even bigger stuff like low mileage/low abuse engines/gearboxes readily available.
Overall score 4 as it's been a bit tricky to learn engine stop/start due to the diesel being quite difficult to predict when it'll stall; it does try very hard to keep itself running tho, including revving up for you when you set off, even on flat ground, and has hill hold assist too, both of which features are extremely helpful once they're tamed.
Overall could be better, but not bad at all... :-)