Much cheaper than competition here in Malaysia due to preferential duty structure for this home-grown product. The equivalent Hyundai for example costs 30 percent more.
To these eyes, nice overall design both inside and out. But very nasty interior build quality and materials. Some strange ergonomics in seat height to steering wheel positioning, steering wheel rim shape, poor line of sight to some controls and instruments.
World class ride and handling for a car in this category, thanks to Lotus Engineering subsidiary. But amount of road noise is higher than average.
Power delivery and refinement of engine reminiscent of early 70's (hot) Lotus engined Ford Escorts (no thanks to Lotus Engineering subsidiary). Power-train for normal motoring is actually a worse compromise than that in my (low mileage) 18 year old (!) Honda Accord automatic. Gen2's torque is meek at low revs and auto-gearbox gets confused when trying to help out. Engine only gets into its stride over 4000RPM, but at that engine speed and above, deafening unpleasant sounds from under the bonnet will frighten off all except the most die-hard press on motorist.