Weekend Courier - - Driveway - Joshua Dowl­ing

DE­SIGN Its bold snout and sleek bodykit are a clue to its sport­ing in­tent. The in­te­rior fit and fin­ish are a mix of high qual­ity (soft dash­board ma­te­rial, large metal­lic vol­ume dial) and low rent (flimsy air­con di­als, cheap plas­tics ev­ery­where be­low el­bow height). EN­GINE The 1.6-litre turbo (134kW/240Nm) has plenty of oomph for a car just shy of 1200kg. Short gear­ing also helps. First gear runs out at 50km/h and sec­ond is done by 90km/h. SAFETY Seven airbags, rear view cam­era, rear park­ing sen­sors and auto emer­gency 000 di­alling if airbags are de­ployed in a crash. In 2013 it earned a five-star score based on 2009 crash tests. DRIV­ING The Re­caro seats hold you tight in cor­ners and the en­gine and gear­ing are matched for in­stant re­sponse. The steer­ing is more di­rect and bet­ter weighted than the Suzuki’s. The brakes have a sharp and pre­cise feel but sus­pen­sion is a touch too busy at low speeds.

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