Just my 2 cents worth - I like the style. Incrementally better than the base Impreza, and the conservative Forester style is too big and too dated for me. I also like the increased ride height. We have a '12 Impreza Sport now and I want to see if the XV springs will fit in the Sport spring perches. The engine is fast enough with the CVT in normal traffic. It's actually faster than the 1974 BMW 2002tii I used to have (which was considered a pocket rocket back in the 70's), and we also have an '11 WRX when I want to go faster.
I must admit, though, that the new 2 litre turbo motor would be nice in an Impreza.