I remember that ad. Don't really get why it would be banned anywhere.
We've got one. That color even. The 3rd door isn't really a nuisance, but then we don't have kids and rarely have anything in the back seat.
The car really feels like a CRX when you drive it, which coming from a guy who liked the CRX so much that I owned 3 of them and still have one, is a very good thing. Even turns in similar performance numbers, which is to say slow 0-60, but very tossable and fun in the turns.
The only thing I'm not too jazzed about is the DCT transmission. It's weird and clicky, and the computer isn't always all that sure of itself so there's some odd behavior off the line from time to time. I'd have preferred a manual, but it's my SO's car and she only likes autos.