Video Road Test
On the Road
We drove the top 2.2 litre 204PS diesel with 6-speed torque converter automatic box, paddleshifts, and double wishbone ‘GT’ front suspension like the 407’s. This did make the steering a bit sharper, but didn’t give it any more feel than the conventional McPherson strut style suspension in the THP 156 chain cam petrol model we also tried.
To my mind, that was the peach. Good to drive. Just about powerful enough with a nice engine note. Positively grippy at the front and needing to be pushed very hard to break into understeer. At £20,850 for the saloon and £21,875 for the SW it’s reasonably priced before the negotiations start. 150 g/km CO2 keep even the SW in the Band F £125pa tax bracket. And there’s a good chance of 40mpg.