Originally Posted by whlkev
to some of us, having the "looks" is more than enough considering I doubt anyone buys these little hybrid for their "performance"
US version comes with F-sport tuned suspension which you can feel is a bit stiffer than non-F if you ever have the chance to drive one back to back.
Here's what the US comes with (at least for mine) :
F Sport with NuLuxe Interior Includes: F Sport 17" Alloy Wheel, Mesh Upper and Lower Grille, Larger Rear Spoiler, Black Headliner, Aluminum Sport Pedals (accelerator, brake, footrest), Perforated Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel, Leather Trimmed Shift ****, F Sport Exterior Fender Badges, Metal Front Door Sills/Scuff Plates, Metal Tone Instrument Panel Trim, Sport Tuned Suspension
Don't get me wrong, before I signed the papers on a non-F-Sport model, the dealer put them side by side and on the last minute, I changed my mind to F-Sport (so with that regards I went on looks alone). I was just under the impression that the $1k F-Sport package was purely cosmetic (however I was secretly hoping it wasn't). I pretty much facepalmed when I found out that the wheels were identical except for the color, so it's a nice surprise when someone validates that it does have other suspension improvements as well. At the time I was suspicious regarding the claim of "Sport Tuned Suspension" because when compared side by side, both have identical ride height.
I do know with certainty however that other members' claims of a dynamic suspension based on the driving mode dial is FALSE.
#1 I'm not sure if this is covered in "Metal Tone Instrument Panel Trim"...but I noticed in the F-Sport model, the dash trim in front of the passenger side is different than on the regular model.
#2 Regarding "Metal Front Door Sills/Scuff Plates"...I can't confirm the "front" part since mine came already fitted with illuminated sills, however I can confirm the "rear" is metal as well. I didn't bother to look at the regular model, but I do find it odd that the rear would be metal if the front isn't.