More than any car test in recent history, the MG TF is truly a double-edged sword.

It feels so badly compromised as to be a joke when it comes to cabin quality and design, but it is also an immensely enjoyable little sports car to drive.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
Dated and the interior is cramped, but it rides and handles well

Whether it can be regarded as good value, considering how old it is, is something that’s possible to debate long into any night. But what’s also not in doubt is the pedigree of the basic underpinning.

At its heart, the TF is a bespoke mid-engined sports car with double wishbone suspension all round, and while its cabin borders on the ridiculous, the TF’s driver appeal remains unique at this end of the market.

So while it’s a dinosaur in many ways, the TF is still a beguiling little car, one that you learn to like for lots of irrational reasons. 

We’re glad its Chinese owner thinks the same way.

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