I bought one end of May, and so let me add some facts to the speculation. Yes, the steering wheel is a bit thin. It has swells at 9&3, so get over it.
Yes the shift paddles are big. They are also solid with a good feedback. The tranny isauto, not a double clutch setup, so it doesn't do multi-gear changes - you can't grab twice and go 4-2, you grab-pause-grab and go 4-3-2 -- my only lasting gripe.
The back seat is suited to larger people than the back door -- comfy once you're in. It's a smallish car, so don't expect too much, but a six footer will be surprised by the headroom.
The brakes do feel a tad soft, but they stop QUICKLY and do not seem to fade.
I put 80k miles on an Audi A4 -- I LOVE this car, and am not looking back.
Interestingly, the ZF 8 spd will skipshift but only while in automatic mode. It cannot respond to multiple paddle signals without compromising engine safety. The ECU must ensure your selected gear will not over rev the engine so cannot obey multiple consecutive shift signals. The ability of the 8spd ZF to skipshift gives rise to complaints about slow downshifting which is hardly a fair criticism once you realize why the ECU delays. It responds to the rate at which you depress the throttle as well as how far when calculating whether you just want more engine torque, to compensate for a hill for example, or you really want to put the hammer down to pass a slow moving obstacle.
Once you get used to the very sophisticated software, and give it a chance to adapt to your driving style, you will find no use for the paddles. I found this even with the ZF 6spd, itself an excellent transmission, and now with the 8spd fitted to my awd supercharged Jaguar XF I rarely find any impetus to use the paddles. The software really is that good.
As for brake performance, in common with all properly sorted road cars the brake pads are selected for peak stopping power stone cold. If you find the pads going soft on you routinely I suggest you first consider driving less aggressively! The only other cure is fitting a set of harder pads and exercising due caution when the pads are cold.
I always remember the probably apocryphal story about Fangio and his team mate at Ferrari I think it was. When asked by his team mate what the secret was as to how Fangio could be faster in the very same car on the very same day he replied: less brakes, more accelerator.
Hot brakes are a sign that you may be driving too slowly!