Lets be honest its got just under 100BHP, so your not talking about a sports car. I though do feel, now that I have driven it a bit more, that given the right circumstance, it will pull just fine - and motorway driving no problem. Of course everybody will have their own opinion dependent on their driving requirements.
Definitely not a sports car, but that's one of the reasons for our purchase... Most people feel the performance is adequate, some feel it's not,a mixed bag as you say. This will be my first diesel, so I expect it to be a bit of a change from a petrol engine, and on paper, this particular engine looks more then adequate. Is good to hear feedback from others. Can't wait to get mine and try it for myself!