I actually went through a very similar list. I ended up going with the Fusion Sport because it had most of the performance details I was looking for, the Android Auto integration, and a few other bells and whistles I was happy with. Other cars in your list have similar features - but I recently had my first child and rear-facing car seats are HUGE. My civic lost its front passenger seat space when I installed the car seat behind it.
So as I car shopped through other Ford's, Honda's, VW, I brought my car seat with me and installed it to each vehicle before doing a sit test. I'm 6'5" and there were very few choices of sedans or hatches where I could fit comfortable with the car seat installed behind me (that was my size test). Of those that fit well, even fewer had a sporty trim level to choose from and I didn't want to end up disliking my choice due to lethargic power or handling.
When the Fusion Sport was announced it seemed to check the right boxes and I knew from sitting in a titanium trim level that I would fit just fine. That's when I pulled the trigger and ordered one.
Im going back to a mustang because I miss the performance and RWD even though I live in Indiana.
1. Wife has a 4 door that can go on trips.
2. I have another vehicle I can drive in bad weather.
So if your not hauling people around and you don't have to worry about winters, Id go for the stang. Yes Im bias since Ive owned several.
My comparison list was similar to yours, but mine included cars from Mazda, Audi, BMW and Jaguar. The Fusion Sport is the quietest and most comfortable car on your list by a large margin. It feels a little heavy, but the acceleration and the adaptive suspension are very, very good. Ford has the best in-car electronics, also by a large margin. Having driven the Focus RS, I could not buy a Focus ST. That said, although the Focus RS and the Golf GTI are very fun to drive, both are ridiculously harsh for any kind of commute. I think the Jaguar XE is the prettiest of the cars I considered, but the Fusion is the next best. Ford's Kinetic Design and the look of the Fusion have stood the test of time and are widely copied. As you consider front wheel drive cars, you should add the Mazda 6 to your list. If you do not need four seats, you should add the Miata RF. Have fun in your search!
I wonder what Kentak actually ended up doing...2 years ago like G82FS said ha. Funny how this person restarted all these old threads. Just for sh!$s and gigs Im putting in for the Sport. I also have a 2010 I will be replacing someday and Ive either driven or done serious research on all of those cars. 17-18 Sport is a great car with even more potential. Also I think they are a bargain for what you get. Ive driven 3 and it would be my pick. Secondly Id pick the ST. Good all arounder - RS is too harsh. ST is such a fun car- more fun then 4 banger mustang imho. Id pick the 5.0 stang but not a big 2 door fan. Otherwise great cars.
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