As someone who owns a base 2016 2.5i since August, can say that if you do 50-75% throttle off the line, it apparently does go faster than flooring it.
Mines also a CVT too.
Thing is, that with a great foot on the throttle, you can get in the realm of 440+ km on a tank. It just does feel spunky.
Also kinda saddening how that middle screen on the top is now sorta messed up since the 2016 does have the middle screen up top BUT has functionality via the bottom left button ONLY (I sat in XTs of the same year as mine and they had the same thing happen)
If you want me to, I guess I can send a photo in of the interior (on IG) though since I doubt many have seen non-base models on here! (also heyo fellow Ontario lad, based in Mississauga!)