I have owned a 2007, 2010, now a 2012. All were GREAT ! For those on the fringe of buying a hot hatch, don't go by reviews or word of mouth: test drive one and see for yourself. One of the things that burns me is that some say the seats are uncomfortable. For me (real bad back and over 300 lbs) they are perfect. Drove back and forth from TX to CA several times,no prob. Torque steer? It will get your heart pumping if you don't expect it. Road noise? The throaty sound from the engine is to die for. Price? Try beating it.
Acceleration, seats, bad ass look
could due without the smiley front, but I remedied that by getting a black one