I decided to buy myself a birthday gift in 2005 and got this car. It had all of the features I wanted and is the best looking hatchback on the market. It is so much fun to drive and has never had a single mechanical issue in 2.5 years! I will drive this car for many many years, even if I could afford a higher performance vehicle. I mean it isn't as much fun to drive as a Lotus Exige S, but for a hatch that can easily fit snowboards (and a bunch of furniture from Ikea) it is the best option!
Sound, large storage capacity, easy fold down rear seats.
A sixth gear would be great for the highway (3700 rpm at 80), also a better all weather tire (driving on snow with the original tires was deadly!)