For me it was a tough choice between the Astra and the Focus ST but seeing as I like the looks of the Astra a little better it got my vote. Plus Saturn is supposedly introducing the Red Line version so I could actually have it (unless they kill off the idea) unlike the Ford.
I am with the Astra also, not only better looking than the Ford but better looking than all the rest on the list. Having owned a Astra from the generation b4 the latest model and owning a Ford from the generation just past living with a Vauxhall/Opel is better than a Ford (imho) from experance.
after countless of test drives (Big up to Ford for their kind customer service), i still rekon you can have the most fun in the beemer, and thats all i care for.
Having said that....Civic Type R is still my favourite, but the 130 is the one ill take home with.... oh wait, ive already done that
S3 is not too shabby either, considering its a 4 pot Turbo and have lots of modding potentials, i wouldnt mind buying one in the near future. Pity about Audi's dealer, their service is beyond shit.
p.s : you left out the mighty 135i, which will smoke just about every other hatchbacks on the road. With a chip, induction kit and zorst, you are looking at 350bhp or more. And with a LSD, which you can buy from BMW, the 135 is seriously bang for the buck.
350bhp, straight 6 TT, 50/50 weight distribution, RWD is a mouth watering recipe....