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By Guy Bird
29 August 2008 09:38
The changes can’t fully hide the fact that this car isn’t all new. The dash might have a new fascia but the switchgear is plasticky and basic, and the air-con is not much more than a flash blower. Driver elbow and left legroom is cramped, the soft-top is still manual and its separate cover is a leatherette button-down affair. Oh and don’t expect to hear the stereo or your passenger with the top down on the motorway, but it’s still really fun and it’s raw edges are somehow acceptable for a sub-£20,000 roadster in a way they wouldn’t be for a prestige saloon.
The TF LE500 will be followed by 3-4000 sales of more basic, sub-Mazda MX-5-priced MG TFs across Europe in 2009, expanding up to a full range of cars within five years. This range will include an upper-medium family car based on the China-only Roewe 550 by 2010, a compact Ford Focus rival, a new supermini and an all-new sportscar.
Selling in these segments with many more rivals, and to customers who might not already be MG enthusiasts will be the real test of MG’s prospects. But don’t underestimate MG’s new Chinese parent company SAIC. It is a Fortune 500 multi-billion automotive dollar operation, has joint ventures with VW and GM and a desire to make MG a global brand again. It could just get exciting.
The MGTF is still fun, and fully loaded at £16,399. But matched up against modern competitors, that are not only cheaper but better to drive too, the TF really does feel its age. Without your patriotic British badge on, it doesn't make sense.
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RE: MG TF LE500 (2008) CAR review
When are they going to reproduce the Ambassador, it too would look nice with matt black wheels and orange paintwork and pitch at the Passat Market
03 November 2008 20:14
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In English, please?
01 September 2008 16:32
Have you seen their website. Had a look to see what the other colours were liek. Fornt page is also bang up to date liek the car. Good so far. It does; the orange one with black wheels and hard top(find it on their site) it does look superb. I was ready to slate it and say why don't you but form the gretaest: Mazda and purchase thir MX-5, but I'm not. I hope they survive. One thing worried me the 'e-store' is coming soon'......
29 August 2008 14:00
I saw an MG-F in black yesterday coming toward me. It looked bang up to date and very modern (may have had a new paint job!). That may say as much for the competitors (MX5 right up to Boxster) that haven't moved the game on 1 iota in the past 5 years as much for the timelessness of the MG-F but I can't knock it on looks.
29 August 2008 13:30
As a former owner of the original MG-F, I'll always have a soft spot for this car - I really liked it back then. I'd take an MX5 tin-top convertible now though......
29 August 2008 11:48
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