The car’s handling is really superior to most small cars on the market.
Again, it has this great German solid feel to it.
The steering as also really nice. A bit firm.
The suspension is between firm, and very firm. Especially on the freeway. But I don’t mind it.
It’s never actually hard.
The radio is pretty weird and unintuitive to use. You would think by now, 2008, everyone can make a radio that is easy to use.
Where things are supposed to be. I guess not.
The volume switch is the small button on the left. Not the big one in the middle.
That one is to navigate the menu. (Yes, it has a menu…)
But it does sound great.
The thing that bothers me the most, so far, is the transmission.
It seems to go to neutral if you stop for more than 5 seconds. Which means it has to quickly re-engage into first once you starts again.
And I can feel it every time. Kind of like in a Prius when you start again after the engine stops. There is a distinct shudder.
This is not as bad as the Prius, but noticeable.
I just don’t see the point of this at all. Why try to re-invent something that works.
Other automatics don’t do that.
At first I thought the car felt pretty slow. But you just need to push it a bit. There isn’t much power under 2500 rpm.
Once you get used to it, it’s not bad. And if you don’t try to drive it like a sports car it’s actually fine.
Even though the transmission has only 4 gears, I still managed to squeeze over 40mpg on the freeway on my way back.
Which is about the same as what I did with the new Focus.
My average in the city so far is around 23mpg. Regular.