I'm yet to drive a Ford. I would love to. The only bad things I have ever heard about them is the lack of power in the previous Fiesta ST.
Drove a Ford for the first time yesterday as I lent the girlfriend the 197. It's a brand new 1.4 tdci Fiesta. It was quite nice to drive, the only downside I found was it felt a bit like driving a sponge, as it just bounces round everywhere! But coming from the 197 which is fairly stiff suppose it's normal ha.