A word to the wise. Next time you’re speccing a new car and find yourself automatically ticking the ‘sports suspension’ box, save yourself several hundred quid and stick to the normal springs. That's because of all the cars currently on sale I driven with and without sport suspension just one, the Jaguar XJ, has ever been improved by it.

Across the board, from expensive Porsches to cheap Fords, all your money buys you is seriously degraded ride quality for an almost entirely perceived rather than real improvement in handling and grip. A BMW 3-series is compromised by it, the new Ford Mondeo near enough ruined.

It’s only real value is to let you tell mates your new wheels has sports suspension, and if that’s worth hundreds of pounds to you, you have my sympathy. If not, save yourself the money and drive a better car.