2014 Focus ST: MSRP: $24,910 (again, including destination). CR: $21,691.00
---I'm biased, but I love my Focus ST
2013 Civic SI Sedan: MSRP $23,510.00. CR: $21,395.00 (I know the SI isn't a hatch. It always seems to show up anyway in these comparos though, doesn't it?)
---Being honest, I finally tested this car. It's quite nice on the inside, the shifter's typical Honda, and the price is ok. To be honest, we have a normal Chevy Cruze 1.4 turbo for a company car, and I felt as much rear-end pull in that thing as I did in the SI. Just my own butt-dyno opinion.
2013 Fiat Abarth: MSRP $22,895.00. CR: $22,033.00
--no comment, other than it's a bit too small for my family
2013 Hy Veloster: MSRP $22,895.00. CR: $21,062.00
--same as Fiat comment
2013 GTI (4 dr): MSRP $25,390.00. CR: $21,906.00
--I'll admit that my bias against GTI's have a lot to do with the owners and not the cars themselves. I test drove a MKV and was quite happy with it. I do like the car, but the car owners...
I'm betting the resale price of a GTI (that's been properly maintained) would beat a similarly cared for ST, due to the badge.
If you do decide on the GTI, my advice would be to wait until the MKVII's come out next year. Although if you can find a dealer who really wants to get rid of his MKVI's you should be able to get that price even lower.
2013 MS3: MSRP $24,995.00. CR: $23,250.00
--hooligan of a car, I just couldn't get the Mazda grin out of my head. Nothing but good things to say about this one otherwise. Resale will probably be better than a Ford.
2013 Cooper S: MSRP $24,000.00. CR: $23,734
--Same as Abarth comment
2014 Fiesta ST: $22,195.00. CR: $20,759.00
--can't wait to drive one