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The T-Sport isn't the fastest or the best handling, but it strikes a great balance between civility and madness. Try living with a Civic Type R every day in a bumpy, congested city. The only thing against the Toymota is that the engine is all or nothing - you're either gently mooching along or you're screaming I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE... AND I BRING YOU... GEARCHANGES AT 8250RPM! But seriously, I drove a 3-year-old one and it literally felt brand new. Build quality is pretty flawless for the money this car costs imho.
A mix of driving will give you a mid-30mpgs return on your petrol, which is pretty good for a highly-strung 1.8. Floor it above 6000rpm (the magic cam-lift number) and you'll see about 5mpg on the instant consumption meter. Larf.
One more thing, make sure you fit good tyres. The Corolla chassis isn't the best at laying its power down (although it does give an excellent ride) so good rubber is essential.
In short, if you're after balls-out mayhem look at the old CTR or a Clio 182. Both absolutely bonkers, but hard to live with if you actually have a normal life where you go shopping and take the mother-in-law to Sunday lunch. The T-Sport is good as long as you can get on with the engine's characteristics, but don't buy one because higher demand drives up prices and I'm still trying to save my pennies...
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