An extract of the road test in Auto Express February 2005:
"There's no beating great design... even if the car it's applied to is starting to show its age. MG's TF is the perfect example. The two-seater first appeared way back in 1996, breathing new life into the long dormant MG brand with a sensational blend of classic styling and driver appeal.
Out on the road, the TF manages to redeem itself. Its suspension has been retuned to improve comfort levels with revised springs and dampers. The MG is now more bearable on potholed city streets and fast undulating A-roads, with only the level of wind noise spoiling the driving experience on the motorway. Enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that the two-seater's well balanced handling hasn't been compromised, either.
MG claims new wheels and tyres also help, and once you become used to the vague gearchange and numb steering, the TF feels safer when it's pushed through tight corners.
Our test car was powered by the company's 134bhp 1.8-litre engine. It's far from hi-tech, but the four-cylinder unit delivers a 0-60mph sprint time of 8.2 seconds and rarely feels over-whelmed. Mounted behind the driver's seat, the engine sounds sporty, which adds to the excitement. It's undoubtedly the pick of the range, offering far better value than the 158bhp flagship."