It's been close to a month now owning an Eco-Sport and this is my unbiased opinion. I have owed many high end Italian marques, Lamborghini Murcielago, Gallado, Ferrari 360, Maserati Gran spot, etc. Quality is what I know.
The Karma is unique like no other. I purchased this Karma with 5,100 miles from a private party for $54K and had it shipped cross country, ($1,900.)
1-Much better road feel than expected.
2-Interior has a lack of plastic and is ergonomically correct.
3-The uniqueness is very apparent.
4-Super smooth, quiet, (Stealth mode) lack of transmission is welcome. The linear acceleration is refreshing.
5-Paint quality is very good.
6- This is a "Statement" vehicle. if thats what you are after.
7-Possibility of customer support increasing at some point.
2-touch screen interface, (*Although not as bad as expected.)
3-rear seat comfort, (well documented.)
4-Panel gaps. Not up to par with a build quality of this caliber.
5- The grille, (See pix for solution)
6 ICE noise under hard acceleration.
2-Spurrious engine light that plaques this car and has no known cure.
3-*Tire wear & Factory alignment. (*OEM tires. *Alignment corrected now.)
4-some small issues with unlighted steering wheel buttons, dimming dash lights interface, functionality of Nav.
5-Cost of repair should the drive motor splines fail.
6-110V OEM charging system, (I bought a used e-bay wolf creek 220/240v system and had an electrician install a 220v line in my garage, Total cost: $600.)
Although this karma has a few faults and it is evident that it was released as a beta and or an unproven model, I am impressed with the car as a whole. I love the feel of the stealth mode quietness and coupled with the well appointed interior of the Eco-Sport, I am quite happy with the car.
My "Shadow" has just a bit over 5k miles and still has not one stretch, dent, wear mark of any sort. I was a little apprehensive buying the karma with the "Shadow" exterior color fearing it would be just another "grey" car. It is anything but that. Simply stunning color in the sunlight. You would be hard pressed to say that this peticular karma is anything but new.
The cost of ownership remains to be tested and the reliability issue as well. So far the only major annoyance is the spurious engine light. I would recommend this as a "Buy" in the $50-$58K range. Any car will have faults but from what my research was prior to purchase was not nearly as critical as expected.
Reliability: C (Need further testing.)
Build quality: Interior: B+ Exterior C+
Styling cues: A-
"Wow" factor B-
User interface: D
Overall I would give the Eco-Sport a B+
I am happy with my Karma and look forward to each road trip.
*Link to grille post