Had a chance to drive a 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback with the 1.5T a couple weeks ago. As much as I am not a fan of its exterior looks, the interior is pretty good. Drivetrain wise, I'm really impressed. The car handles really well, and even with the CVT, I'm quite blown away by how fast it is. C/D rates it as 0-60mph at 6.9s. That's almost as fast as my manual Accord (6.6s) -- but at 3000ft elevation in Calgary, I wouldn't be surprised it's even faster.
Definitely a great compact car