The TF may be less than a brand new design beneath the skin but on the road it is still a great little sports car, featuring an excellent mid-engined chassis and decent steering. In this respect, there’s one aspect linked to its age of its design that goes down as a huge plus: its size.
The moment you begin driving, you notice how small and compact the TF feels compared with most other cars of today. Allied to the car’s crisp, accurate steering and its agile, well-balanced chassis, this lack of size manifests itself very simply in the fact that you feel like there is more road space in which to operate than there is in other cars.
Roads feel wider, gaps in traffic seem larger – and the scope for exploring the limits of the fine chassis is that much more obvious as a result.
The lack of weight is similarly refreshing, because there is also a distinct lack of inertia to the TF’s body movements. Under load in a corner, you can change direction quickly without feeling any great weight transfer from one side to the other, and under brakes you merely prod the pedal and the TF sheds speed, again without any real sense of weight being chucked around in the nose.
None of this would be possible were it not for the excellent basic suspension design, but the TF certainly rides better than at any time in its history. Rough roads are absorbed with genuine refinement; the MG remains level and steady, and even quite large bumps are unable to deflect it from your chosen line.
The grip from the tyres is well meted out. While there isn’t sufficient power to unlock the rear end, you can still trim the cornering line by using the throttle mid-corner, even though the basic handling trait is understeer if you push a little too hard. If only more cars handled as sweetly as this one does.