Firstly I agree with everyone, Sport mode on all the time! I almost feel a Clarkson comment of "why the hell do they bother trying to ruin what should always be on".
However am I the only one who thinks the artificially stiffened steering is unnecessary?
I get the whole let's make a little car feel bigger and butcher (flex those pretentious muscles boll@cks!) but for me it really takes away feel of the road handling...
One of previous motors was an air-cooled 911, it had slightly assisted very heavy steering but moved with the camber of the road... In normal mode the A500 is like a real sports car, you feel connected to what's going on, with sport mode you get the throttle response but loose road feel.
It irritates me as its the only fault of this truly remarkable brilliant hot hatch!
If only you could switch the heavy naf steering off and the power on.. Then you'd have a "Elise" like chassis with Italian flair!!