Thanks for the welcome all!
As for the diesel, Terry, it made complete sense to me.
Only 0.1 seconds slower (0-62, on paper), much better fuel economy, and, most importantly awesome TORQUE! As I'm sure you know only too well, the fun begins at only 2,000 RPM...so no more crazy revving. That's more like it.
I admit, it was the fuel economy that was pushing me, but I didn't realise how much fun diesels were to drive.
I know people love theire 1.8s (and their 1.4s) too, and I'm certainly not knocking them, but there was only one engine in the running for me.
I will never go back now, I've been converted to the D-side!