So I test drove a Fiesta SE hatch on Saturday. Came away pretty impressed with the car overall. The interior space seemed only a bit smaller than the SVT, maybe a inch or two tighter in legroom and definitely a bit narrower. I wish the seats would fold like they do in the Focus, where the bottoms come up and the backs go nearly flat. Still very useable in terms of cargo space though. My only complaints will be addressed by the ST: cheap interior materials (especially the wheel, shift knob/boot, and radio controls), not quite enough power, and too much body roll.
I'm pretty sure the Fiesta ST will be my next car. Just need to pick a color, but leaning towards the exclusive Molten Orange.
Mine: 2006 Mazda3 s GT Hatch: 115k, Gray, Manual
Gone: 2002 SVT, #1654
Hers: 2012 Focus Ti Sedan: 55k, SGM, Manual