Well, to answer worldpeace_and_aspeedboat's question on what kind of car, it is a 2005 Toyota Corolla Ascent sports hatch. The colour is called 'ink' and it has a metallic finish, or 'sparkles'
for the less vehicularly oriented:
And yes, one of the criteria for the car was grunt under the hood. Not a stupid amount, but enough to be useful. And not cost too much at the petrol pump. There were a few other criteria on a rather meandering journey to find the most appropriate car for my needs.