I find diesel's not sporty at all to drive. Comming from a 130, you will be missing the high reving smoothness and instant throttle response of the petrol engine. Also, the sound is much better.
I found them better on the highways in Europe, when you spend lots of time at one speed, they can be quieter as they have so much torque that they don't need to rev as much. They are also great going up hills.
But they are a totally different drive.