I wrote this yesterday but just before id finished writing a review on each test drive my computer crashed before i could post it! gol dang it!
Anyway, I test drove a load of different cars prior to buying mine.
Proton Gti - nice looking but horrible/cheap interior, good handling but very slow and unresponsive/gutless.
Peugeot 106 gti - very nice looking (red), lovely handling and impressive 1.6 engine/pulling power really liked it, kept doing 2nd gear wheelspins!
Peugeot 206 gti - engine felt nice and torquey, not too sure on looks, didnt really test the handling, brother didnt like the pedal layout.
Peugeot 306 gti-6 - (not an arranged test drive, a customers car at work i took for a test toast) lovely seating position, seemed to rev forever 1st gear! really nice looking (still love them), torquey engine, hated steering lock no chance of 3-point turns! exceptional handling, impressive.
Impreza turbo prodrive pack 240bhp - very nice acceleration surge pulled and pulled, handling fantastic and seating position/seats were lovely.
Oettinger-bodykitted-Bora V5- very nice looking car with 18inch rims, sounded nice and didnt test the handling. Cant really remember it, seemed a bit bora-ing...
Honda Prelude 2.2 VTEC L-reg 93 - very nice looking in dark green, lovely digitally-imposed-analogue dials, nice low seating position, cars engine note was great. Didnt test handling, but the steering felt precise.
Honda CRX 1.6 SiR VTEC 91 - good condition import 158 bhp with knock sensor, lovely engine note especially at 8000 rpm, revs to 8500 rpm. Handling was a bit boaty - perhaps warn shocks at front? no low end torque, but lovely car despite this.
Rover BRM - test drove this and loved it, nice handling, cool looks, nice power etc. heritage/exclusivity etc etc. My bro bought it.
Toyota MR2 Turbo 95 M-reg - 242 bhp and very nice looking, did NOT like the driving experience, the front end felt like it was floating and would be dangerous in a fast chicane-type environment. Nice engine noises coming from behind you tho.
Thats about all i can remember so far. In the end chose the Clio as it was offered at a good deal with warranty etc and i liked the looks/speed/handling etc. Also insurance isnt too much of a nightmare either like it would be with the japanese exotics.