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MG TF (2002-2011)

Based on the popular MGF the MG TF offered a new facelift and improved equipment levels. The free-revving engine is mid mounted giving balanced handling and confident roadholding. The TF had conventional sprung suspension rather than the hydra-gas system of the F, this gives an improved cornering ability however the ride is no longer as smooth as the previous model. For a mid engined sports car the MG TF is cheap and easy to live with while luggage space is surprisingly good. The final models received a glass rear screen.

MG TF Details

Production dates2002-2011
Luggage capacity 210 litres / 7.42 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 55 litres / 14.5 US gal
Warranty years or miles

MG TF 115

The smaller 1.6 version of the K-series engine was added to the range to compete with the entry-level Mazda MX-5. It lowered the point of entry for this mid-engined roadster at the cost of some performance but helped to bring in some extra customers.

MG TF 115 Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1588 cc
Power 114@6250 bhp
Torque 107@4700 lb.ft
Transmission type 5-spd manual
UK insurance group 23

MG TF 115 Performance

Max speed (manual) 118 mph / 190 kph
0-60mph (manual) 9.2 seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 9.8 seconds

MG TF 115 Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 39.8 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 169 g/km

MG TF 120 Stepspeed

The Stepspeed sequential gearbox adds an extra level of novelty to this popular roadster.

MG TF 120 Stepspeed Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1796 cc
Power 118@5500 bhp
Torque 120@3000 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd sequential
UK insurance group 25

MG TF 120 Stepspeed Performance

Max speed (manual) 118 mph / 190 kph
0-60mph (manual) 9.7 seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 10.2 seconds

MG TF 120 Stepspeed Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 33.9 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 199 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 199 g/km

MG TF 135

For the second life of the MG TF 135, production of the much loved roadster returned under Chinese ownership. The cars remained in construction in small numbers at the Longbridge UK factory. Good levels of trim and equipment including a Clarion ICE system, combine with a highly competitive price tag. The MG may have been a little dated but it maintained the timeless appeal of a roadster and it is a lot of fun for the money. Production ended by 2011 with the inventory slowly running out.

MG TF 135 Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1796 cc
Power 135@6750 bhp
Torque 165@5000 lb.ft
Transmission type 5-spd manual
UK retail price from £14,213
UK insurance group 29

MG TF 135 Performance

Max speed (manual) 127 mph / 204 kph
0-60mph (manual) 8.2 seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 8.4 seconds

MG TF 135 Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 35.8 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 185 g/km

MG TF 160

The MG TF 160 also known as the Trophy 160 was produced for a limited time as a halo model offering extra performance. Driving fans will enjoy the power gains from the VVC variable valve timing system.

MG TF 160 Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1796 cc
Power 158@6900 bhp
Torque 128@4700 lb.ft
Transmission type 5-spd manual
UK insurance group 32

MG TF 160 Performance

Max speed (manual) 137 mph / 220 kph
0-60mph (manual) 6.9 seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 7.6 seconds

MG TF 160 Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 37.6 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 179 g/km

MG TF LE500

Production of the MG TF returned to the Longbridge Factory in Birmingham although at a small scale. The new model featured numerous specification and cosmetic changes and, as its name implies, the LE500 version is a special launch edition, limited to only 500 units in the UK, each individually numbered and with an enhanced specification. The roadster features a restyled front end with a sporty lower grille with integral fog lights, revised twin upper air intakes, new headlights and a fresh bonnet. The TF LE500 comes with a host of standard features including hard top, rear parking sensors, leather seats and air conditioning, providing a very high level of specification at an extremely competitive price.

MG TF LE500 Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1796 cc
Power 135@6750 bhp
Torque 165@5000 lb.ft
Transmission type 5-spd manual
UK retail price from £15,999
UK insurance group 30

MG TF LE500 Performance

Max speed (manual) 127 mph / 204 kph
0-60mph (manual) 8.2 seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 8.4 seconds

MG TF LE500 Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 35.8 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 185 g/km

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4 Owner Reviews

Do you drive a MG TF? Would you recommend it to others? Why not leave a comment to let us know what you think of the car. This MG has 4 owner reviews.

  1. Joe Logan Joe Logan says:

    I do own and drive an LE500. It has proved to be the most disappointing car purchase I have made in nearly forty years of motoring. What a major disappointment. Apart from three recalls in 18 months, it has also been back for a whole host of problems carried over from the earlier Rover version including poor heater control and difficult reverse gear selection (neither problem fixed). It has also had to be re welded behind the dashboard on the anti scuttle shake frame (many LE500 have had to have this repair). On top of all of this the paint finish has problems as well.
    I really thought that the “new” employees of MG would have realised they had been given a new lease of life and would try their very hardest to produce a world class product. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
    Oh, and don’t start me talking about panel gaps………..

  2. Lino Dare Lino Dare says:

    I own and drive an orange MG LE 500 which is, in my opinion, the best roadster around.
    Excellent and attracting body shape, fast car, super interior, moderate fuel consumption.
    In 2011 I travelled over Europe i.e. Switzerland, Italy and other countries.
    Everywhere everybody was looking at that car. Sometimes I was feeling a bit uncomfortable in entering the car after a cofee break, either in towns than along motorwys, because there were always persons around the car looking at it. And that was not happenihg with other similar sport cars.
    The LE 500 is not passing unobserved at all. Great car indeed. The best roadster of the word.

  3. Craig Hunter Craig Hunter says:

    Hi My wife and I have just bought a le500 2010. Gloss black. very nice car but we have had a problem with handling, it was all over the place above 45mph. This I think was due to two different tyre types Goodyear on the front and nexis on the back, they have been chaged to Toyo today so lets hope for some improvment

  4. Mark brown Mark brown says:

    Mark
    brown
    I have a red mgtfle500 bought dec2016 at longbridge paint good all macanics great driven it all around wales in winter not one Hart beat missed only a battery replaced after 7 years not bad I might have had one best one made

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