We got our '12 Focus last weekend! It's an SE hatch in Tuxedo Black with auto. trans., moonroof, sport package, "Rapid Spec 203 A" package with Sirius and 1 or 2 other options. One test drive and my wife, in particular, was sold. I know I'll like it a lot, too.
The powershift auto. trans. is good. Shifts are quick but not too firm. I actually prefer a manual trans. but I have one in my other car (VW GTI) so the auto. is fun and convenient. I like +/- button on the stick. I don't think paddle shifters are a necessity.
We'll take our first little road trip tomorrow. It should be fun. I'll have to remember to vary my speed/rpm on the freeway because of the break-in period.
One think I found kind of odd: there's no cover on the engine. Apparently, only the higher priced models get one. It's no big deal but it seems to me like a silly thing to omit from the SE. I'll check with the dealer to see if I can buy one.