I was looking for a used hot hatch and since I owned a GTI (25+ years ago) that was the first vehicle I sought out. I drove a 2018 Autobahn which had the LSD, extra power, leather and all the goodies. It has a great interior and everything works well. When you get on it the thing goes....plenty of power with a slight delay from the turbo. It was an extremely composed ride although for some reason I didn't like the pedal layout. It was uncomfortable for me.... maybe with some seat adjustment I could have made it work.
I hate Ford.... came to this game with a clear bias against the brand. I'm buying a 2018 Focus ST in the ST1 package. I found one that is nearly new (4100 miles), and looks like a new car. It was hit in the rear so it has the rebuilt title and the price dropped accordingly. I'm having it inspected and put on an alignment rack and if it passes I'll make the deal.
So why? Once I drove this car I just smiled the entire ride. It is just much more fun to drive than the GTI which was too much like a normal car. The base seats are comfortable, the clutch/pedals and seating arrangement for me was much more comfortable in traffic. The Focus rides rougher, feels less civilized, but wow.... just loved driving the thing. For me buying something like this comes down to personal enjoyment behind the wheel and the Focus had me grinning even though it is a piece of crap Ford.