The WRX seems the obvious answer. The 2015 and up handles much better than earlier non-STI WRXs.
Are you sure you need AWD? Unless you drive some especially curvy roads, the GTI is more fun than the Golf R. You have more chance of getting a bad one than with a Subaru, but most are reasonably reliable.
Audis and BMWs will be considerably more expensive to maintain as they age. I generally only recommend these once over six years old to people willing and able to perform their own repairs.