I drove an SE auto about an hour ago.
The electic power steering is not nice. It's light at all speeds, overly sensitive at highway speed, and has almost no road feel.
Other than the steering, the car handles nice -- it's not "floaty" like Hyundais used to be. In fact, other than the steering, it drives very much like a slightly smaller and lighter Honda Accord. Nice firm brake pedal too.
The car is very solid and quiet, but the engine is rough and noisy when you push it. The 2.0 GEMA with balance shafts would probably be a lot smoother. It seems underpowered to me, but I'm used to a V6, so it's probably about average for this class.
The flangeless alloy wheels are very nice, and as I've said before, the interior is the best in its class.
Modified by bison at 7:00 PM 10/19/2006