I will start off with the bad things. As stated above, I do not find this the greatest car for taking corners. My previous car was a 1994 Ford Escort 1.8 which I loved to bits and miss terribly. That little baby was great for driving round all kinds of roads, but as I am based in Cornwall while my friends and family are still in Kent I needed a motorway cruiser which is why I now have my Cougar and not my Escort.
Under the bonnet, it has a 2.5 V6 engine which on paper should be blisteringly quick. Instead I find it a bit lazy and not quite as fun to drive as my old Escort.
There are only two seat in the rear which have very little headroom for any normal sized people whilst the dashboard is just a bit on the tacky side.
You may now be thinking that I do not like this car much, but I do. This only cost me 4995GBP and for that I got a great looking car that was five years old with 53000 miles on the clock with a 3 month warranty. Passengers in the back may be a bit squished, but I get loads of room in my luxury bucket seat. For my money I also got a CD player and Climate control which is just brilliant. The boot is absolutely huge so shifting equipment in no problem.
It is extremely smooth and refined on the motorway with only the pleasant growl of the engine to be heard. The engine may not be brilliantly powerful, but this has the positive side of being surprisingly economical when driven sensibly. It also has traction control which can be turned off and on with the press of a switch. Didn't do me many favours though.
All in all, it is a pain having a crash at the best of times and I do find that the handling is not the best if you have to drive through country lanes. that said, if you drive mainly on A roads and want a bargain sports car then have a look at the Cougar, it could be just what you want.