Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The mechanical components have been designed to work relatively well together - engine to gearbox to chassis. Low kerb weight. Latest facelift arrived in March 2010 with more safety features (see under Buying & Owning).
Not so good It is not muscular and sporty, but rather, tall and narrow - there's nothing wrong with that, but it's not the most attractive Small car going around. Relatively basic design (however, it's priced accordingly so).
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Front cabin design feels very airy and spacious with good outwards visibility. Wonderful amounts of rear seat legroom and headroom on offer (even better than a number of so-called-medium-sized-family-cars). Seriously wide opening rear doors for easy entry & exit. The metallic look finish on the Ti variants dash (from March 2010) lifts the ambience, as does this grades standard leather seats.
Not so good Cabin plastics are of the old school hard plastic variety; relatively narrow body translates to less shoulder room if adults are in the rear; rear centre seat belt is a lap-only type (rather than the far safer 3 point lap sash.
Performance

Performance

Good On paper the 1.8L petrol engine doesn’t sound like much (93kW of power & 174Nm of torque) but in reality, on the road it’s fine.
Not so good Rear drum brakes are a sign that this is no sports car.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Ride is fine on smooth roads with good levels of noise suppression. Steering is happy to be guided by the driver with a minimum of fuss.
Not so good Lots of body roll when pushed and excessive understeer - best to drive in a relaxed manner (as most buyers are likely to do). The ride quality does tend to deteriorate over rough surfaces.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good With low pricing and low vehicle weight contributing to good fuel economy ownership should not be an expensive proposition. March 2010 upgrade adds curtain airbags as standard to the entry level ST grade, ensuring all Tiida's come with six airbags.
Not so good Second-hand demand surely isn’t class-leading if advertised used car prices are any indication - so resale values are probably below average; No electronic stability control – an important safety feature.