If you want a sportier ride...get a hatch..it is a stiffer chassis. I am BMW fan and almost got a 540i, but I wanted reliability with a sporty ride.
Focus was designed/engineered in Germany, so you know at least for the hatch..engineers wanted to have a driver car. I test drove both the sedan and hatch..and you can def tell the difference between the two chassis...sedan is more...mush...both were SE package cars with a stick
Also if you can get a 2012 built between 3/2012-mid 6/2012...the shocks were coded heavy duty according to ford parts.com