I'm glad they like it. I own a Focus ST and will disagree with them that the fiesta is more fun to drive. I do plan on getting a fiesta ST late 2014 for my daily driver. But my Focus ST is my toy. It is a blast.
My shifter actually feels "notchy" at times. Its usually really smooth going from reverse to 1st, but in stop and go traffic its hit or miss. All other gears are pretty smooth, I think. My brother noticed the same thing when he drove my car. We're Asian so maybe its just our driving
Mine has a bit of notchiness to it. Nothing that would bother me though. Compared to my old g35 it's smooth as silk. Still lacks a little compared to my bmw, but hey it gets the job done and puts a massive grin on my face I agree with the article, I drove both cars back to back and fiesta is way more of a drivers car than compared to FoST.....just ticks the right boxes to put a smile on my face.