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Prices start at $23,490 for the front-wheel drive with a 1.2L turbo and six-speed man­ual. Fea­tures sin­gle-zone cli­mate con­trol air­con, cruise con­trol and 17-inch al­loys. War­ranty is 3 years/100,000km. Ser­vice in­ter­val 10,000km/12 months. Capped price ser­vic­ing adds up to $888 over three years.


You might have no­ticed this bug-eyed wannabe in traf­fic. The looks are po­lar­is­ing to say the least. It’s just as stylish in­side too, with its weird hooded in­stru­ment clus­ter — but it’s all hard plas­tic and the cen­tre con­sole can be dif­fi­cult to see in strong light. Seats five but a plung­ing rear roofline could be an is­sue for rear head room. Back seat splits 60:40, with a 354L boot that hides a lower stor­age area and space-saver spare. Tech in­cludes Blue­tooth with au­dio stream­ing, 5.8-inch cen­tre screen and day­time LEDs.


It’s pow­ered by a hi-tech tur­bocharged direct in­jec­tion four­cylin­der petrol en­gine that puts out 85kW/190Nm. Paired with a six-speed man­ual as stan­dard, with auto stop-start to save fuel. If you want an auto, a CVT is an­other $1000 but it comes with a 1.6 non-turbo en­gine. Takes pre­mium 95 un­leaded, with a thirst rated at 5.6L/100km. We were get­ting 7.4L/100km. Can tow a 1400kg load.


Achieved a 5-star AN­CAP crash rat­ing with a score of 33.03 out of 37. Fea­tures six airbags and ac­tive front head­rests but alas no re­vers­ing cam­era.


The steer­ing wheel lacks reach ad­just and the lack of a rear cam­era or park­ing sen­sors doesn’t help around town. Left hand blink­ers are an­noy­ing but it clips along pretty well for a 1.2-litre, al­though keep­ing it nice and smooth can be a chal­lenge in the lower gears as the boost cuts in and out. Ride is firm, bor­der­ing on harsh. Elec­tric steer­ing pro­vides lit­tle feed­back. Sits flat and cor­ners okay for an SUV.

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