Just drove a 54-plate T-Sport today, and first things first; it felt like a brand new car. Superb. It strikes an impressive balance between civility and madness, though it could use more grunt below 6000rpm. Yes, below 6000rpm. Above that it pulls like a train, but you won't find many Pendolinos that put out such an addictive howl. The chassis isn't uber-sharp but it rides very well according to my backside, feeling solid but never harsh. That's the ride, not my backside. Mid-30s mpg is the norm if you're not too heavy with the loud pedal, but I saw the instant consumption gauge fall to 5.3mpg when I was pushing past 7000rpm... Around town most will probably want more grunt, but you can stroke the T-Sport along with the flow of traffic. Its major failing comes to light here, though. The 189bhp engine is all or nothing and it's a challenge to change down and get the revs spot on for a quick take-off, meaning that if you want to nip into a gap or just put on a burst of speed you've either got to change down and floor it so that pedestrians scowl or you've just got to forget it altogether. If you drive mostly around town get something with a broader spread of torque. If, like me, you do a good mix of driving, want the screaming engine now and again and you're not too bothered about deliberately blocking Mr 50mph-in-a-30-limit-while-on-his-phone, then the T-Sport is a winner. Did I mention that the one I drove was 3 years old and it felt absolutely brand new?
Matthew Kimberley, Staffordshire, December 2nd 2007