The 2012 and up Focus has decent reliability if you get a manual transmission. But no AWD. Among hybrids I especially like how the C-Max drives, very European feel, but again no AWD. For AWD, check out the Ford Escape. Reliability was iffy at first but has been good in the past year. I'd feel more comfortable with the 2014 and up, as the 2013 was the first model year of the current generation. The Escape doesn't have the Focus's troublesome dual-clutch automated manual transmission. The 2.0T engine is the one to get for performance, while the 1.6T is better for fuel economy and cost.
The reliability of the VW Tiguan has been so-so at best in our survey--we don't have a lot of data for them. The most troublesome years are outside your range. Just about anything should be significantly more reliable than your current car, though.
Related to the Tiguan, you might really like the Audi A3. Not as much room inside, but more agile handling, and offered with AWD. Reliability might be a little better than the Tiguan's. They're on the same platform and have related engines and drivetrains, but not the same transmission.
The Mazda CX-5 is also worth a look, though it doesn't feel as solid as the German cars.
With any candidate I'd check on insurance costs before buying. Some could be very expensive to insure with teens.