2.4 is weaker and will feel even more slow on the road than on the paper.
2013 MY, 2.4 l MPI
2017 MY, 1.6 l T-GDI
You get not only more power and torque, but the torque comes at (in reality) abut 2000 rpm while in 2.4 you will have maybe 80% of it's torque, which is about 50% of 1.6 torque (again, at the same rpm).
1.6 T may be a more problematic, though, yet it gives you way more tuning possibilities. With just small add-ons (KN drop in, HKS spark plugs, 93 octane) you can get another 20 HP and 20 lb*ft, plus it will alter how boost is delivered.
Finally - are you comparing MT or AT? MTs will be similar in feel. ATs, on the other hand, is a completely different word. 2017 was a DCT. It was a dry clutch, but provides enough fun.
The older versions (2014-2016) were slushboxes, but it was a quick one. Paddles worked awesome.
Back to 2017 - shifts will be faster and more pronounced, although take off may need some adjusting. Either let it clutch in at idle and then press the gas or give it a lot of throttle. The worst is changing mind or creeping on partly pushed brake pedal.