My 2nd car, was driving a 99" Saab 9-5 before. I love this car, the "Sporty- S40" as I call it. The day I brought it home my sister fell in love with it and got 1 also. They have great colors and the T-tec is sweet, everything comes right off it. Not flashy interior, very classy and simple. Get the sound package!!! 12 speakers it's insane!!! great clarity as well. Although the 2.4i (my model) has 168hp 5 spd it is very quick (but if u have the extra 6 grand get the T5! 220hp 6 spd turbo). I have the Mysterial Green it looks very nice with the tinted windows. Great value as well, the only car that is comparable is the Acura TSX, a friend has it (he enjoys my car better) well worth it!
Where to start? all windows are automatic (not just fron two), T-tec, sound system, very quick, PRICE, very sporty design (makes great vroooom sound, smooth transmition...the list goes on (Check out the Evolve body kit)
Small interior if ur a big guy (6ft 3 people look elsewhere). Small side mirrors.