MG TF 160 1.8 VVC

7 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on MG TF 160 1.8 VVC

147;MG#146;s racy-looking

TF was voted the

Beautiful Car

in the World#146; by


More importantly,

it#146;s a fun drive#148;

WAITING FOR YOU, top down, the TF looks a … minx. Our test car was finished in a shade of light metallic called Monogram Mirage a dark blue hood complemented the TF ‘ s polished and low stance.

Sharp ‘four-slot’ styling with triple light headlamps give it a get going’ air underscored by smart alloys on low profile rubber and red front callipers. At the rear a neat spoiler incorporated the boot lid with an integral LED light. Twin chromed pipes exit through housings that echo of the front fog lamps.

Well, it cheeky and fun. But is it streetworthy? versions are offered, from the 1.6-litre 115 through to the range-topping 160 model reviewed here.

All come with a standard manual gearbox. There is one automatic, the 120 Stepspeed (click for MotorBar’s review ).

To become an MG TF costs from as little as The 160 VVC tested here will set you Ј20,295 on-the-road. Standard kit electric speed-sensitive power driver’s airbag, power tinted glass, part-leather seats, ABS, 16-inch alloy wheels, MG/AP front brakes with discs and red callipers, single Kenwood CD/radio, remote locking and a volumetric alarm.

The TF’s mid-mounted K Series is installed transversely and drives the wheels. On the road the 160 proves to be an enjoyable drive, with handling as sharp as its nose and grip from the wide, Goodyear Eagle F1s (195/45 215/40 rear). The TF is some 20 per stiffer than its predecessor which makes a good for its independent coil spring (double wishbone front; rear) #151; and there’s no hint of scuttle shake on the uneven surfaces of some roads.

It’s true the TF can feel, well, lively the rougher roads where it tend to bounce, but it’s of the fun and it doesn’t deviate from the chosen line. Don’t be put off you get used to it because one of the TF’s is ‘feeling the road’. Our advice is to go for than one test drive in all

Noise levels with the down are low and even topless the stays particularly cosy, if you raise the windstop that flips into place the top’s up or down. At £212 well worth mentioning option. With the manual raised #151; a quick and task #151; the TF is a genuine performer.

We encountered some torrential rain during our along with the sunshine and the was good looking and perfectly #151; important if you intend to use it as transport.

Neither wind nor noise is noticeably intrusive the soft-top in place. Incidentally, the hood can be carried out without your seat: just the two header clamps and push it The optional Ј1,150 hard-top a heated glass rear not only enhances the TF’s lines but makes a useful alternative.

The 160 TF doesn’t hang its 157bhp is good for a maximum of 137mph, and 60mph comes up in a rapid 6.9 seconds. For most this will be fast More important than

top and off-the-line sprinting is mid-range in the

50-70mph band. The TF’s ft of torque comes in handy

with ample power on for short, sharp bursts of

The variable valve control, 4-valves-per-cylinder 1,796cc

K Series unit is eager, revving and with a crisp throttle that lets you exploit it to the It’s also flexible, cleanly from low down in the gears and it’s as undemanding to in town as it is on the motorway.

The speed-sensitive responds quickly and keeps you of what’s happening up front contributing towards the TF’s high-speed cruising. The five-speed ‘box comes with a shift pattern but, as all of the TF’s controls, as long as precise the well-sited short-throw will snick satisfyingly place every time. The gearknob lends weight to the but on cold mornings you’ll your gloves!

Once warmed up it adds a pleasantly edge to your changes.

the TF is more than happy to around town, in 160 guise

it responds in kind to a hard giving back as good as it And if you’re planning on using the you’d better pop down to first for a set of air-horns #151; that better suits the racy lines than the single tone that so out of place.


And, unlike some sports cars, there’s not a lurking behind your just waiting to catch you out if just a little too enthusiastic. has been liberally touched by the stick’ and unless you go completely the top the TF just shrugs its pretty shoulders, tucks in its pert squats down tight and to your chosen line. you call on them, the 304mm AP Racing brakes are rock pulling the 160 down from without penalty.

Inside are no door pockets but the glovebox is and there are two lidded storage neither of which is lockable. But putting the top up is quick so it’s not a You’ll also find a amount of space behind the #151; enough for a very bag or some magazines.

The engine is your back and behind is the 210-litre regular-shaped boot. it’s not huge, it is bigger you’d expect to find in a soft-top sports car. So you and companion won’t have to too light for those fun weekends

And you can always make use of the extra for oddments in the nose, alongside the wheel and ancillaries.

Most will fit behind the wheel but as it adjusts for rake

you need to optimise your position using the supportive seat’s fore/aft and backrest Average build drivers

find a snug driving but tall drivers may find sitting too high. On the plus the TF’s compact dimensions the car’s handling and placement and a small but handy left that’s comfortable on motorway

There’s a one-shot down on the driver’s electric window. upholstery is part-leather and there’s a classic chrome ashtray you can even if you don’t smoke. All have easy to read graphics and are well-sited, while the CD ensures good sounds good!

Another major is the fuel consumption. Even hard

the TF is no gas-guzzler. We saw a respectable overall return for very driving. MG state a 49.6mpg figure and we’ve seen 46+ on 160s we’ve tested.

the TF’s sub-seven second to sixty time and near top speed, that’s impressive. town the official figure is

Service intervals are 15,000 or 12 months, whichever occurs the so core running costs prove a stumbling block to TF And if you’re lucky enough to run one on the you’ll be pleased to know CO2 emissions are also low, at 179g/km.

Safetywise, the TF boasts an excellent NCAP 4-star occupant and 3-star pedestrian rating. An for your passenger is an option, at

There will always be who are drawn to the TF for no reason other its MG heritage. There’s nothing with that #151; the MG TF is a car that’s worthy of the octagonal A competent, fun drive and a lot of people it.

And there aren’t many sports cars you can say that But that’s certainly not the only to buy one. Do it because the TF pleases

Interestingly, the TF is actually bought equally by men and women #151; 51 per male/49 per cent female.

time. Should you buy one? the TF not only looks a ‘quick but in 160 spec it is a quick car. of its rivals is as stylish, and none a more evocative badge.

fun and it’s an MG. Makes spending money easy, doesn’t it?

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