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Daewoo Leganza 2.0 CDX - 832 miles

Review

##daewleg.jpg --Right##IF friends and colleagues have muttered 'that'll be the Daewoo' once, they've said it a thousand times. Yes, I've taken delivery of the Daewoo Leganza 2.0, one of the latest cars on our long-term test fleet. Some may say I drew the short straw, but after a couple of weeks driving the car, I don't feel at all unlucky.

Look beyond the badge and you'll find a perfectly reasonable vehicle. Admittedly, it's pretty middle of the road - neither ugly nor stunning, neither gutsy nor sluggish - but so far the driving experience has been faultless. Mind you, it's early days yet so I haven't properly put the Daewoo to the test on a long jourtney. Hopefully, in my next report I'll be able to inform readers how it handles on major roads.

The car's interior - particularly the facia - is rather pleasing on the eye but is let down by some of the fixtures and fittings which look a bit cheap and cheerful, particularly the plastic 'wood'. But on the whole, the Daewoo is a perfectly good car, which offers better value than many others on the market for the same price.

Drivers with a couple of grand extra to spend could opt for the CDX-E which has a satellite navigation system as standard. For comfort, the jewel in its crown is a temperature-controlled air conditioning unit which has proved a Godsend on June's few - but welcome - hot days.

Fleets who choose this Daewoo will find themselves with a spacious, comfortable and well-equipped car. All windows are electric, the Sony stereo produces a powerful sound, the driver's seat can be adjusted electronically, there's a glass sunroof and it has heated door mirrors.

Although not a remarkable car, all these goodies and more make it worth considering. Daewoo also offer some decent support packages which fleets might want to investigate.

Under the new CO2-based regime, due for introduction in 2002, a Leganza driver's BIK tax would be based on 25% of the vehicle's list price (รบ3,831).

Mike Roberts

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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