Drove and really enjoyed a Focus ST. Really nice car. Wish it was a little cheaper, but it's the leader in the clubhouse for now.
Tom, glad you enjoyed the ST. Not sure what your experience is with a vehicle that torque-steers, but my test drive with the ST was mild compared to how hard I mash the pedal now. Never in first, though; you'd just smoke the tires. Second and third are are a hoot, though!
When I got mine it was certainly not the cheapest hot hatch in the bunch. The RS is an even tougher nut to swallow at nearly $40k. But I'll probably take one for a test drive just to feel what the extra 100 HP and AWD is like.
Good luck on your search!