Tight body lines and close panel fit coupled with a lack of supurfulous add-ons make for a subtly aggressive appearance.
Even with a 200hp/207lb torque turbo engine there is nearly no lag and an absence of torque steer. The extremely flat torque curve allows for easy passing. Probably the best compromise of power, mpg, and comfort available.
High quality soft touch plastics, carefully matched colors and textures, brushed aluminum trim, leather, and a hidden passenger airbag seam all contribute to very upscale non-contrived ambiance and a pleasant place to spend time.
Six airbags, stability control, traction control, brake force distribution, and ABS along with the handling and power make for a very secure feeling vehicle.
Steering feel and feedback are probably the best in any front drive car available. The suspension is firm but compliant at the same time.