Handling and performance has to be experienced to be believed. The speed it can carry through corners is awesome. I'm having to learn how to drive all over again! i.e. No need to brake, just turn the wheel and take the bend at (almost) whatever speed you like!
It just makes driving fun again, especially after 3yrs in an underpowered heavy estate car. Even compared to other modern cars I have driven (e.g. Golf TDI) the handling is streets ahead. So nimble, agile, confidence inspiring grip, SUPERB!
The only things I can find fault with is the drivers seat is too high for me (6' tall). Headroom isn't really a problem, but you just feel like you're sitting too high in the car. Rear visibility is poor, but I am getting used to using the wing mirrors more to park.
The rear seats are, of course, only suitable for children, but the boot is surprisingly spacious.
It is well equipped with air-con, CD player, electric mirrors and heated front screen (which is so much better at clearing the condensation than the blowers).
It looks fantastic in almost any colour, although silver ones are rather common. I was a little concerned about the "hairdresser" image, but now am content in knowing I have a superior car and anyone who mocks it is simply ignorant of its virtues.