Actually - it doesn't look too bad to me. Not sure about the wavy line cut in the last picture though?
Asphalt always has imperfections, goes grey / patchy / dirty, gets small cracks/crazing.
See what the other contractor says, but if he doesn't see major faults, then perhaps just get on with your life and forget about it.
It's only a driveway.
Would you be happy paying 12k for this as a brand new driveway?
From the photos, I can't really tell - so can't really say.
I am of the same thoughts. It looks good to me.
Like I said above, This is no polished concrete surface, This is sticky ol dirty asphalt.
@OP, use it for 2 months and check back. I bet you it will be a single colour (As long as your kids dont run mud all over it) and all the little odd bits will wear evenly.
I do see the little plugs they put in from a imperfection in the roller. If they had of left it along it would probably look better that that.
I don't see the issue with boot marks on the surface. Ever heard of water and a broom?
I recall last time I was at my friends house who has an ashpalt driveway, I tell ya - I was on my hands and knees looking at every square inch of it. I was all over it looking for slight imperfections. Not.
Stop being pedantic.
Go get a quote for concrete for your driveway. You be it will be more expensive than this.