I would go for a GTI with a warranty--07+. So far they seem fairly reliable, get great gas mileage, fwd works well in the winter and the turbo is tons of fun even stock. Also, it is something different from what you've owned in the past (E46 and E90), should keep things interesting.
Oxford Green E46 M3 - Current - 6MT, Sunroof Delete, KW V2, Turner Camber Plates & Brake Ducts,
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