I didn't trade down as much over, from an '08 BMW 328i. Loved the car, hated the gas mileage, and DETESTED the leather seats which made me sweat puddles once the outside temp got above 80 degrees. I'm fairly fit and I sweat profusely even with the A/C on. My back and butt just got soaked and after an hour, I'd have to peel my clothes away. No more leather seats for me ever again.
Plus, the fofo is a manual, so better for track time. (envious of 4d4jacklee there...)