I just recently bought a Ford Focus. The ZX5 model 4 door hatch-back and its a good bargain. The 6 cd changer is a plus, takes very good sharp corners and the moon-roof comes standard. Its probably the best small car Ford has come up with the recent years. When comparing it to the Toyota Matrix and the Pontiac Vibe they are both more expensive and do not come as well equiped as the Focus.
6-cd changer, folding seats, and a lot of little things make the difference. Like vanity mirror, deep cup holders, solid side arm storage, safety lock system is automatic, arm holders on front and back, pen holder,fog lamps, etc...
I would like to see a net for the back and may be an option for a system like On-star.