I haven't run into any major issues yet.
The article is correct about then pics look and dialog..
I too miss autopilot, but mostly because I used for drink and bathroom breaks.
There are definately bugs, but again, nothing major for me.. I also expected bugs, just like every other game in the series ( and most large and complex games). Only about 2 hours in so far and still in tutorial mode, but I do like it.
Just an update as I have started to hit some of the bugs. In particular, my station I am trying to build as part of the plot stopped building and I had to reload from earlier and do it again. now my station has stopped the ability to expand... Looks like the fixes for this are to edit your save game, but the newly released patch (1.18) may help as well. haven't tried it yet.
I still do like the game, but travel is very tedious. I usually try to just hitch a ride on a cap ship so I can go do something else...