After reading several reviews, it is good to see that the handling and lag have improved. Of course, these two improvements are no brainers, as both are expected on a ground-up redesign, especially the lag improvement due to the twin scroll turbo.
I remain disappointed in three areas: 1)the overall engine performance is nowhere near the improvement I would have expected. 2)in addition the styling leaves a TON to be desired. It is boring, boring, boring. The WRX looks more like an "Impreza Sport". The STi is better, but not by much, and 3)No hatch in sight very disappointing. Even if you are not a 5-door fan, losing it, diminishes the brand significantly.
This being said, I am also glad to see the community as a whole likes the styling. I am hopeful it grows on me as it continues to evolve and I'm glad I was ready for a new vehicle before the model change. If I was shopping now and couldn't wait, it would be unlikely for me to stay in the Subaru fold.