The parameters you have provided are fairly limited so it is hard to know where to start so
I'll make a couple of assumptions:
1. Since you purchased an Alfa and were considering a Jeep, it appears that reliablity is not a high priority.
2. Since you purchased an Alfa, it appears that fun to drive is a hight priority.
You were looking at a Jeep, does that mean that AWD is important to you? There are not a lot of AWD that are most would consider fun to drive but I can think of two that might fill that niche:
1. If you don't mind a relatively small AWD vehicle you might want to consider the Hyundai Kona 2.0T as it is getting pretty good reviews including one by Michael here on True Delta:www.truedelta.com/Hyundai-Kona/car-reviews-M253?fbclid=IwAR3Ksr-GBcekxuMdiOg0I05-9Wl_69h-Aiq8AqUvP3rWDHje3waMOXHarww
2. If you want a real ripsnorter, then look at the VW Golf R. The R may outperform the Alfa.
If AWD is not a concern than consider the standard Golf or GTI. Both rate very high on the FTD factor, comfort (for a small car) and at the same time have a high degree of practicality. There are still a few 2018 Golf TSIs with the 1.8T on the lots that should be priced to sell with the 2019s on the way. There are not a lot of changes betweent the 2018 and 2019 except the 2019 engine is a smaller 1.4T and it comes with an 8 speed auto rather than a 6 speed. That combo is anticipated to match the performance of the 1.8T while getting more mpg. The standard caveats that a new drivetrain may be glitchy and VWs can have reliabiity issuses, especially over the long haul. However, they come with an exceptional 6 year, 72,000 drivetrain warranty that one of the best in the industry.
Happy hunting. Please let us know what you end up with!