Well I think to be fair, first of all it is an SUV...and so comparing to another sedan class car might be slightly unfair.
To begin with, Ford Focus is a feature rich car even when compared to a Honda Civic, Toyota Altis, Mitsubishi Lancer and Nissan Sylphy. Ford is really trying to gain market share by providing increased features at competitive pricing. I like the new Focus, being a Ford Smax owner.
However, I think the XV holds its own within its class. First of all these CUV/SUVs are generally all wheel drive and have higher ground clearance, as pointed out by JWRX. These AWD systems generally increases the cost in my opinion.
Although cars like Ford Focus are feature rich, but when compared to similar competition like ASX or CRV, I think XV does have its benefits and pros. CRV is heavy and pretty sluggish compared to XV and ASX, but most spacious out of the 3.
But where I think XV really shines, is the fact that although its small, its form factor coupled with the AWD, low lying COG (due to boxer flat four engine) gives it a pretty good and sporty road handling (for a SUV). And its ground clearance is just superb with more than 200mm space beneath. I owned a Forester for 4 years and really enjoyed the handling and reduced body roll during corners given its size and ground clearance.
Sure the 2.0 NA engine is no road burner, but I don't think XV was targeted at the performance suv/cuv market. That would be the Forester.
These 'off-road' features are obviously not very useful for the general commuter who works in an office with nice car park. For some users who occasionally have to enter industrial areas, shabby roads or even near construction sites, it is indeed useful. Good grip on uneven roads or water patches on highways. Furthermore, with the current frequent flash floods in Malaysia, I have many times seen these SUVs just cruise over most of these water ponds, whereas luxury sedans stop by the wayside worrying about getting their undercarriage dirty or worst still water penetration. Of course it can't escape a mega flood.
So I think at the end of the day, one needs to look at what they need from the car. For people who do not need the ground clearance and AWD then surely they should go for more comfortable sedans with added features. But for people who need it, I think at the reduced price of 129k, it should definitely be considered.
First of all this is NOT a SUV but a crossover.. practically a sedan/hatchback on high suspension. It is actually an Impreza 5 door hatch on high suspension. That is the boot space is no bigger than the Impreza hatch as all they did was put the platform on raised suspension and did not bother to change it. Since you had a forester, you would understand how much a crossover a Forester is and not so much a SUV. I'm not sure which Forester you had but they were all based on the Impreza platform with a higher roof added (for latest model) to look more like an SUV but handles like a sedan. The older models just look like beefier versions of the Impreza wagon.
Crossovers are getting popular as SUVs are just too big to move around in urban areas. That is why they have crossovers like the Suzuki SX4.... small but tall. You have the height benefit but not the size.