An improvement on the old one, only don't know whats going on with the lights in the Autocar pictures, black plastic inserts? Pictures on top of page 1 look better in that regard. Inside is better, only don't like the radio controls that makes the wheel assymetric.
The Clio has the column mounted stereo controls like that, I find them much better to use than steering wheel mounted controls too. Every single car reviewer ever seems to have a problem with them though, so they always get hammered in reviews for something that is actually better to use once you're used to it. I always found actual steering wheel controls slightly awkward to use and more distracting.
Not so IMO. At least this one looks to be a vast improvement over the old. We have an '11 Focus at work with all the toys on it and the interior looks like this;
It took me way too long to work out how to use the satnav, and actually a concerning about of time to discover it actually had satnav at all. Its stupid. The new one however does appear to be touchscreen based; aka beware. I know most people here hate touchscreens but I like the idea, its just no manufacturer actually bothers to put enough research into good interface design so it is easy to use.
Mainly it looks pretty good. The only annoying this is the little rocker switch for gear control. I'm you're going to include a semi-manual mode, you might as well do flappy paddles. A rocker switch ob the slushbox mode shifter just screams "afterthought".
A couple of weeks ago, this was going to be my first purchase after I'm out of college next year. But, after taking my friend's Cruze diesel on a 2,000 mile roadtrip, I can say I am in love with that car. If this has a small diesel in the works, and heated seats, for around the same price, I'm sold...I think.