Greetings. As I have mentioned before to others on here, despite being in full time employment, my uni fees are crippling so I part chopped my land rover for a fantastic all rounder. Yes the ST is king of the hill for speed and thrills but I am getting beyond wanting a speed demon now and I need to save money big time.
It is a fabulous engine but don't believe 65mpg. I have seen low 50's but mostly mid 40's and it has drops into the 30's if I floor it when joining the rather short slip road to the A38 (MPG settles down after that though) and the engine hasn't got 1k miles on it yet. No need to think you should buy diesel though because although that offers superior fuel economy, it is dearer to buy and fill up. Also remember that this new ecoboost petrol is free to tax so diesel loses the big tax advantage it used to have. I do like diesels and have owned many but in simple terms you will need to do many miles a year to see financial gains.
It is plenty quick enough in my opinion and out performs the pre-facelift 1.6 petrol ZS and the turbo makes quick progress easier. The engine is very smooth and quiet and yet makes a nice enough noise when revved but can get a little boomy at motorway cruising but nothing obtrusive. What I like about it for example, is the pick up in 3rd. I join the aforementioned slip road in 3rd from a tight corner at say 30 and floor it. The turbo chimes in to give low down pull but I can just leave it in 3rd and as the revs rise it just keeps ploughing along with ease towards 70mph.
Insurance is cheap and it costs approx £55 to fill up with approx 320 miles on a full tank which can only get better. The handling is superb and the ZS spec offers the best balance of equipment and price. My land rover had more spec than the Titanium X cars but I don't miss the toys like I thought I would. Less is more type of thing. The seats are excellent as well.
The new shape is a big improvement in my opnion and the black interior is more classy. I also think the halogen DRL's look better than the LED DRL's on the higher spec cars ( I did not think that was the case when I ordered but really pleased with them now). I replaced the dipped headlights and sidelights for a set of Phllips Bluevision because I thought the standard lights were a bit below par.
I think the SYNC system is excellent and it works well with my iPhone 5. When I start up the car, it resumes exactly where I left off in any given track.
Hope that helps.
Here are 2 recent posts showing pics of mine for you to have a look at: