kikoba says, "... when I test drove an XT the other day, I was amazed and how short the uptake was on the clutch. I would hit the friction point having only just come off the floor the slightest bit. "
This is surprising; I've had my XT for 3 weeks today, and one of my persistent complaints is exactly opposite your observation! My clutch pedal has to come substantially farther up from the floor than I'd like before the clutch finally begins to engage. I haven't measured the pre-engagement travel, but I'm guessing it's 2 to 3 full inches. This is annoying; I like to drive smoothly, and this long travel-before-engagement makes it difficult both to launch from rest and to change gears smoothly. Unless the dealer can adjust the pedal so that the beginning of engagement occurs closer to the floor, I'll find some other way to reduce the pedal's excessive travel.