A few comments on that review based on my experience (SE CVT) to date:
Performance: The car deserves more than 2 stars. The CVT version can sometimes be a little hesitant to accelerate but a little pull on the left paddle quickly conveys the message to increase the revs but most of the time the CVT does a very good job of balancing performance (ie more revs) and economy (less revs). I've only been to around 4,000 rpm on a couple of occasions when needing to accelerate to join moving traffic and that was achieved with a heavy push on the accelerator. The car has a relatively small engine without the benefit of a turbocharger so the revs are a pre-requisite for performance.
Ride and Handling:The ride is quite firm but I don't want a soft ride which can cause motion sickness. I've found the steering to be precise. I haven't noticed the body roll but I'm not inclined to chuck the car around corners.
Refinement: The engine noise starts becoming noticeable at around 3,000 rpm but, unlike the reviewer, I've not found a need to use that rev range for substantial periods except for a few long hills. The overall sound insulation seems to be no better than my previous Jazz (hybrid HS) and the noise from concrete road surfaces is still intrusive. However, I think that the wind noise is reduced and having the front windows open an inch or two for some natural ventilation results in less noise than on the HS.