I saw a blue ST2 w/moonroof this morning at a dealer near Haverhill, MA. MSRP was $27.7k. It looked very nice, though I was surprised that the hood shutline fit was not uniform and the left door was (very) slightly misaligned. Oh, and the front calipers were not painted (minor, and easily rectified).
Enough quibbling...it looked great. I'll bet it is a lot more fun that the regular Foci...
To me, the GTI would be something I would cross-shop with the ST.