I did actually own a MS3 before, and the nannies killed the joy for me. The way they came in was just horrible. Like an off switch for the power instead of soft stop. The focus ST was on my list, but I did not really like the way the seats fit me, and the back seat is noticeably smaller than the WRX back seat, and that means no go. But the ST did drive beautifully. I am not inherently against FWD cars if they are well thought out and well engineered. The ST has great brakes and great steering.
I think the 2013 STI is a great car. But I think for where I am at in my life, it is not the right car for me. It provides the rawness that the golf is missing, but if you look at my signature block, you can see I have a raw car already.