After doing my homework on this car I had to have one. The SVT is the most fun to drive for under $20k. For that little itch inside that we all have, it has that punch when you just want to shoot around a slowpoke in traffic. The ride is right on, not too stiff yet enough to throw it around a corner when in a hurry. Stereo is awesome for a compact car. Tire class is right up there. If you're asking for more then you're asking to much. Interior room is comfortable for such a small car. Even for backseat passengers it is capable of comfort. The sunroof and leather bolsters around cloth seats gives it a taste of luxury. Suspension is A+. There are affordable bolt-ons that make it even better. A+
6SPD tranny, 6 disc CD player w/subwoofer, sunroof, HID's, performance tires. grocery room. five passenger headrest. Color coded interior. A+ SVTOA membership and numbered build certificate. Tons of Focus owners web support. I can go on, but that's no fun for you. Go get you one. See for yourself.
Take-off is slow and hesitant. Gas mileage is a little low for a 2.0 liter non-boosted car. Short throw shifter is the #1 aftermarket bolt-on while an aftermarket air-intake is #2 with slight increase in HP/TQ for very little money. These are minor issues considering what this toy does at 5000RPM. :-)