I drove both, though not same day. The Focus was/is a great car, but was softer, less sporty with regards handling, but clearly a bit faster. But for fun driving about town, the Fiesta won me over in a heartbeat. Fun and "tossable", fast though not ridiculously so, reasonably economical, and great in traffic. The FiST is cute; the FoST was trying to be cute. My sister-in-law called the FiST sexy. She thought the FoST looked "cool". I don't think there was a bad choice, but the Fiesta consistently punched the right buttons for me.