Auto Express did a comparison between the facelift vec & its main competitors (all Diesels).
As usual they seemed quite negative about the vec & rated the vw passat, which I expected anyway.
What is strange is that they said the vec felt among the slowest, although the facelift 0-60 is slower (why?) than the current one, I find this wierd.
We have 2 like cars in our company, - My 54 vec 1.9cdti 16v & my mates 05 Audi 2.0tdi sprt (with the same engine as the vw).
I have driven the Audi a few times & it is almost identical to drive as mine except:-
The turbo comes in slighly sooner in the Audi & a bit more suddenly but runs out earlier so you change earlier. The vec I think is slightly quicker overall, but only fractionally.
The suspension on the Audi is harder (probably cos its a sport), so it corners better but not if the surface is uneven, when it jars noticably.
The differences are quite subtle & otherwise the cars feel the same day to day.
The reason he went for a diesel was cos he drove mine & couldnt believe it. When he picked up the Audi he asked me to drive his to confirm it was up to the standard of the vec!! (which it is, as you would expect) This seemed backward to me (why not buy a vec then?) but anyhow he's happy so what the hell.
They praised the Mondeo as well & I've driven them & don't like any of them.
They also said the Accord was the most powerful & I've seen several of them off on the M6 no problem, they don't come close in diesel form to the vec's "pull".
What you guys & gals think?