When I first collected my car from the dealer.. the gear shift knob was pretty stiff, but it is smooth now and fits in my hand (very slick)...
The car is very quiet to an extent that I didn't recognize the difference when I hit the gas until I looked at the rpm gauge. But maybe this is because it is still brand new.
The parking sensors work quite well, but if you have your radio turned on, it will be a little difficult for you to differentiate the sensor beeps...
This car has a load of potential to be a super car, and I read reviews of people nagging about the poor quality. Well I did not find it so poor as everyone and every review has said about it... Actually it is quite stylish and among its competitors; I think it is superb.
The equipment level of this car is amazing, I mean to buy a car with:
1. Parking sensors.
2. Sunglass storage area.
4. Very powerful A/C.
5. Power steering.
6. 4 electric powered windows.
9. EBD (electronic brake distribution).
10. Built in radio/CD player.
11. Lotus engineered engine 1600cc, 110bhp.
12. 15" alloy wheels (new version 2007).
13. Very spacious boot and saloon, although it is considered as a 5 door hatch.
14. 4 speaker sound system.
15. Front and rear fog lights.
You will have to pay a lot for all these gadgets and sporty looking features, but in the Gen-2 you need not spend a lot.
The handling on open roads is very very very smooth and tight.. you never feel the car roaming around uncontrollably, and this is special thanks to the Lotus design and performance tuning of this car.
Be careful when you're riding in one of these Gen-2s, because due to its stability you will find yourself at a high speed without even knowing, unless you look at your speed dials, which are very sporty looking by the way.
In the end, I would just like to say do not hesitate to buy this car if you're on a tight budget and want all the luxuries in other higher priced cars like Subaru, Mitsubishi, Toyotas and Nissans..