The performance of the car is great. I drive it around Sydney, and it's zippy enough to get you into gaps in traffic.
First gear is not great at all; if you're not going to drive it in the city, you wouldn't even know though. First is very rough and low geared; when city driving, you're mainly in first and second when traffic builds, so that really needs some work. But like I said, it's only in city driving; if using on regional roads, it wouldn't bother me.
Ride comfort is great, no squeaks or creaks! Great build quality.
Interior is good for a base model, does everything it should with no problems.
Drive comfort is OK, most things are adjustable, BUT the one thing that I hate about this car is the front seats. At first they feel really supporting, but after 30 minutes in them, my back aches and I get fidgety. The tilt position is locked to a slight angle back, which puts pressure on the back of your legs. There is no lower lumber support, NONE. Between these 2 things, it makes the drive a lot less enjoyable. I even bought a back support, which I use in the car to help out.
Overall, this car is a good buy. Would I buy one? YES, but not the base model. Pay a little extra, and make sure you get the adjustments for the front seats.