The 2.4 IS a great engine, no doubt about it. Not for me personally though, because of the nose weight and the sound. Now back on topic:
Can I just re-emphasise what Nev said; I've had both types of seats and the earlier ones are definitely more comfortable. Could never quite get comfy for long in the late 08 seats, even after endless twiddling of the full electric adjustments, and I only weigh 11 stone; so I don't know what's wrong with the design of the later seats but they're just not quite right.
I can sit in the pre-08 seats all day for several days in a row (e.g. Isle of Man trip etc), and feel well rested/invigorated afterwards.
Maybe that makes it a little easier for the OP to find a car in his price range...
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