January 29, 2019
I originally bought this strictly as a commuter car. The reasons being its great economy, overall reliability, and amount of options that came with it. I am please to say that I am surprised with its overall quality. The chassis is strong, it handles tightly, its motor is peppy, and it is surprisingly fun to drive.
The downsides that I have found so far are not major dealbreakers, but still worth noting. The idle is surprisingly rough for a modern 4 cylinder motor. The throttle response is noticeably delayed by about 3 seconds, on or off the pedal, which could cause a serious accident if not aware of this. Also if you do not have the Sony stereo, the radio layout is (in my opinion) not appealing in the least.
All these thing taken into consideration and I'm very happy with this "hot hatch" and its won me over. I would even say its a great daily driver for people just wanting a fun, comfortable, and affordable car.