Thirsty on fuel, has needed some expensive repairs. Practical with lots of space for the price
Added: 22nd of January 2020
- People carrier
We've had this car for nearly six years - it was 4 when we bought it. It was the cheapest vehicle that was big enough for our needs with 7 seats. It's not especially cheap to run though. We're getting around 26.5mpg from the 1.9 diesel automatic version, with mostly short journeys, which makes it expensive to run. Add to that the £300/year road tax. Brakes don't last quite so long, with it being a heavy automatic vehicle. Here's a taste of some of the repairs / additional maintenance it's needed: It's had a timing belt and water pump (as a precaution). It's needed suspension parts replacing - coil springs on two occasions, and rear subframe bushes. The sensor for the diesel particulate filter (DPF) needed replacing. And there have been no less than THREE safety recalls relating to a fire risk with the heater speed. Including when the car was new, that means it took them FOUR times to get it right - something so simple which has been in so many cars for decades... How could they get it so wrong? The interior is flimsy and of poor quality. The flap on the arm rest in the centre broke, as did the handle on one of the rearmost seats. So overall, it's done a useful job for us, but the low purchase price and flimsy build are the only really cheap parts of ownership. Would not purchase again.