We were a little worried the 4 cyl would be underpowered however with the 5sp M transmission the powertrain performs quite nicely. While the redesign does affect driveability slightly the car still has the VW feel and it much better than its competition. In other words it is not a typical sluggish small car boat.
One of the best features is there is room for a 6'5" driver to stretch out, in fact when driving I still need to scoot the seat forward a notch, I have not found another car in this class and in fact even the higher cost cars that will accomodate a person of my size.
Offer the 5cyl enginer with a cloth interior. I find leather or in this case leatherette uncomfortable