I just picked up my phase 2 225 with cup pack this morning. I've been checking out some of the pictures and links people have been posting on the site as I was struggling to get any from Renault and ended up ordering the phase 2 over the phase 1 without seeing many pictures. Let me know if you're in the same situation and would like any more details or pictures.
I know what you mean about the front but I think it's growing on me. I was originally going to get a steel grey phase 1 until I found out about the new model. I do prefer the interior on the phase 2 and I do like the new seats. The MP3 stereo is very good as well, got loads of albums on a single disk and you can bring up the album and track info. I've attached some pictures of the interior. They're not the greatest as it's dark.