Wife owns one of these, so I get a chance to drive occasionally.
Not overly impressed with this car, but don't hate it.
Acceleration is average, but the engine seems under-powered for the weight of the vehicle. The turbo version is better.
Wife's car is auto-perhaps the 5 speed is better suited for the engine.
Working on vehicle is difficult for many tasks given that engine is tightly wedged in compartment-changing timing belt and water pump is a real nightmare-I let the dealer do that job :)
Styling is ok-wife likes it better than I do.
That being said, it is pretty roomy on the inside-can easily fit 5 adults and cargo.
Fuel economy suffers due to weight of vehicle.
Roomy interior and adequate cargo room
More hp-engine is underpowered for a relatively heavy car.
More room in engine bay-it's really cramped in there.
Engineers maximized interior room, but forgot to consult with mechanics/service techs who actually have to make repairs on this car.