Re: It is a French car.
Horses for courses indeed. I'm currently ratting around in a Puma, which is hilarious on the backroads and capable on DC/motorway stuff, if a bit noisy.
Now that I'm doing near 1000 miles a month, those £1000-2000 Citroen C5s are starting to look mighty tempting....
Clearly the correct answer is to move somewhere that is a backroad thrash away from work, rather than 40 miles of A road away ;-)