100% this.Sound, smell, connection to the road, how the car drives with and without driver's side.
For example one of the best cars I've ever driven was a Vauxhall Nova SRi. No power steering, no ABS, no traction control, weighed the same as a tin of beans and was rapid. Another of my favourite cars I've driven was a Nissan Skyline R35 GTR. Did a few laps with the driver aids on and once I was comfortable driving it turned them off.
I've driven a few EV cars and whilst I get the advantages and the obvious ecological agenda, they leave me a little cold, although I accept I take that view as someone who is a car enthusiast.