I've found the standard (non-HF) Fulvia to be a very good long distance conveyance. We've run ours on 800 mile + events and enjoyed it. The seats are comfortable, the suspension compliant, the handling is light and direct. The noise level in the standard car permits normal volume conversations with your navigator.What impressed me was how agile the little car is and how willing to rev the engine is. Being the HF - it made a whole lot of noise - so I am not sure it would be a great long distance car - but I would like to own one as a play thing. I am sure the non-HF models are reasonable for everyday driving.
I actually jumped into the car after a drive in my 7 - in most cars you are immediately confronted with cars that feel big, heavy and disconnected - and whata impressed me the most was that the Lancia did not feel that way.
And, though I've not driven a Seven, the agility and responsiveness of the Fulvia exceeds anything that I've experienced on four wheels.
It's a usable daily driver as well: I've managed six cases of wine in the trunk with ease; it puts up with Bay Area rush hour crawls without overheating or complaint; the wipers and de-misting are adequate to cope with our winters. And, even driven briskly, it usually manages around 28 mpg.
What I really like about my Fulvia is its ability to transform a non-recreational trip into something sporting and fun.