I do like this review I have to say.
Love my '09, with most of the same reservations as you. The rev hang annoys my head, I don't really find the seats too soft, but I HATE the surface material.
I never had a problem with the hill start assist, but, like you, I totally fail to see the point. Well, maybe not, I guess this car DOES attract alot of 'first time' standard drivers.
EDIT: Oh, and I think it looks great too! I preferred the sedan tho, each to his own.
I'd really like to ask you two questions though (and be honest!):
- More, less, or the same fun to drive factor as the '04? (probably hard to answer while in break in I guess)
- Is the 'ball-and-chain' factor worth it?