The ride quality is hard to explain correctly, which I think is what confuses a lot of people.
Bumps have a "sharper" feel to them, but that doesn't mean they are worse. The stock struts are HEAVY, with soft springs, and a lot of travel; that all combined makes bumps feel a lot more intense IMO. There are some bumps I travel over daily that I feel LESS now than with the stock supension.
I also used to lose traction accelerating over bumps and now the wheels stay gripped to the road, which is a bonus I wasn't expecting.
Another thing is that since the ride is so stiff, when going over variations in the road surface the whole car tends to move up and down. The stock setup used to absorb a lot of that. This can tend to give a "sea sick" kind of feeling.
It's been almost two weeks now as a DD with the occasional tag along of my gf and 10 year old daughter. No complaints from either of them.