Just because a bloke who did well at English at school prefers the xyz of a certain car to the xyz of another car, doesn't mean that we aren't all allowed to go out and make our own informed decisions, based on our own weighted preferences, and subsequently enjoy and be content with that decision for the duration of the ownership of that product.
what I know is golf 7th gen is rumoured to come out in November 2012 and be based on the new VAG platform...mbq or smth called like that, this craaap will be all over the place: in skodas, audis, seats and whatever they push.
I must say i have driven several generation's of golf and they all feel far too unconnected from the road. Their impressively comfortable though no matter what the road surface. I've not been in a focus but did have to hire a mondeo at one point which i can only describe as neither good or bad though still comfortable. The way car magazine's praise the golf it's like they are trying to convince you it's better than cars outside of it's own segment but it really isn't.