Smooth and powerful engine, quiet, plenty of low-end torque, and decent fuel economy
It is a station wagon that has more cargo capacity than many larger SUVs but without the fuel economy penalty of an SUV.
Firm, European handling.
I can average 34 mpg and get 37 mpg on the highway in gentle driving, yet I have plenty of power on tap if I need it for passing, merging, etc.
Excellent brakes, and stability control provide excellent active safety, plus all the usual passive safety features.