I was deciding between the golf tdi and the focus. 3 things pushed me away from the golf, despite the fact I loved how it drove.
1) very few options available as you describe. No leather, no auto climate control, minimal tech, etc.
2) my car lives outside and in the winter it gets snow and ice on it. The tdi will not warm up while at idle, so remote start is useless and clearing snow and ice seemed like it would be more difficult without defrost. With the focus I hit the remote start and come out to a warm car with clear windows.
3) there seem to be design issues with the hpfp in the tdi that have left some people unhappy with very high repair costs.
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MK3 Focus = a lot of good ideas rather poorly executed.