I had planned to lease the diesel version, but two test drives convinced me this was not a good call: the gear box was loud and clunky, the turbo lag shocking and the 6th gear utterly pointless unless you want to break the motorway speed limit on a regualr basis.The engine just lacked any refinement, and the gear ratios were all over the place. That's the negative side. On the plus side, it's one of the best looking cars on the car, and I wanted to go with the Lexus. Step up the petrol auto: completely different piece of kit. Quiet, refined, powerful and worth the extra money against the diesel anyday of the week. On the average side, the boot space isn't great, the rear passenger space is limited, and on the diesel the handbrake is in a very strange position. Having read many of the reviews, I'm struggling a bit with people going on about the great interior quality.I don't beleive its sigificantly better than any other car in this price bracket, and dare I say, probably not as good as BMW. Again on the positive side, the 6 CD player is good to have, but the sound from all the speakers was OK without being as good as people were making out. So in conclusion, this is a very good car to drive,its looks great and I'm hoping its going to be a pleasure to own, as I've just ordered one.
PAUL SKEATES, October 10th 2008