Driving was a smooth experience. The auto box changes were almost unnoticeable, both up and down the box. Accelleration was slower than a manual,as expected, but nowhere near as snail like as I was expecting. Using the kickdown really made the car come alive.
The short drive I had was enough to show me that this is a very useable car with good performance and the engine should last forever as it's impossible to over rev it. Thanks, Bill for letting me have a go.