The 2002 model came in different varieties: front wheel drive or all wheel drive, 180HP or 220HP with the same basic 1.8 Turbo engine. Mine is the front wheel drive 180HP version. The performance is more "sporty" than "sports car".
Acceleration, breaking and cornering are good, but not outstanding.
The build quality is generally excellent and is holding up nicely.
The trunk size is remarkably big for its class, and good enough for weekend trips for two.
The seat positioning is pretty high, compared to some of its competitors.
The car has a power rear windshield, which is a great feature to increase comfort while driving top down at highway speeds.
The styling is a question of taste. I happen to like it, and it's not wearing off. But it's certainly a bit more radical than competitors.
The interior is a bit spartan, but very functional. Every bit is nicely designed to fit with the TT feel, with the exception of the standard VW/Audi light switch (my pet peeve).