Thank you very much brother!
Quiet cabin, reduced engine noise, responsive and very nice steering, improved turning radius, improved road visibility (front and side view), overhauled suspension, less bumpy ride, these are the main factors that contribute towards its better handling and driving experience.
Biggest and greatest improvement over its predecessor is its mileage. The car offers excellent mileage (getting over 13 Km/ltr in city drive, dont know about auto but I am very much pleased with the mileage of my ride). Its 2nd refill was done on 580 Kms on the Odo and mileage is improving gradually.
I would strongly recommend 9th Gen if you can live with the looks and a bit tacky interior; though it looks good.