The last SER Spec-V (maybe around 2010,2011) had some character. With the variable valve timing, similar to Honda's VTEC. You'd get this rush of power at the higher RPM. A friend bought one, and I remember it having what seemed like more torque than my 2.0 Si.
Today? It may be an OK car, but I wouldn't pay over $19,999 for it. Not when GTIs and Focus STs can be had for 22-23k.