This review refers only to the base coupe S model. I bought a 2 door with a 5 speed manual transmission, so bear that in mind as you read further. Also keep in mind this is an economy car. If you want high performance look elswhere. Ford quality is way up these last many years. My base model with manual transmission has plenty of power and a nice tight suspension for a gas sipper. 2008 models have totally new exterior styling from the earlier Foci, and in my opinion are much better looking. Interior controls are simple, without silly frills. Dashboard gauge design is boring. The trunk space is huge, and the rear seats can be folded down. Incredibly quiet and solid.
5 speed has zippy power. Nice suspension, corners very well for an economy car. Superbly smooth, positive shifting manual transmission. Revs at only 2350 rpm in 5th gear at 60 mph. I wouldn't hesitate to take this little car on a cross country drive. Remarkably quiet. Sips gas.
Base coupe has no interior trunk release. Spare tire, even those rinky dink temporary ones are not standard. Standard is a tire patch kit which is just a "fix-a-flat" pump-in latex thing. Also no jack or even tire iron. Only available as option. Sloppy weatherstripping around doors.