We are very pleased with our 05 Focus ZX4. We also have an 02 Focus Se wagon which we are also very pleased with. The 05 does get 5 to 7 mpg better. The torque curve has been noticeably improved, especially at passing speeds. The stall ratio of the transmission has also been changed. The engine feels very strong when starting from a dead stop.
Dash design is open. It does not feel like a small car. I also like the steering wheel-mounted controls for the radio and CD player and the small compartment for CD storage.
Seat belts difficult to latch particularly if one is wearing bulky winter clothing. The emergency brake lever is awkward to release.