Wife looking at getting the above, though in truth it's me that's after the sporty bit.
Front runner is a Smart Brabus Forfour, had one before and they look good, are fast, cheap to run, and interior is better than anything else close in price.
Cooper S, had a couple years ago and they're great fun, could get either a Works or a Convertible, either of which would be nice. But they are pretty thirsty in supercharged guise.
Clio 197, love the looks but would buy with around 50k miles and I'd be worried about build quality and longevity.
Civic Type-R, had a few type r's over the years and they are great cars but it would be a bit over budget and I'm getting to old to have to rev the hell out of it to have fun in it, though they're great when in the mood.
Not after a diesel as I already have one so VRs is out.
What else should I be looking at...?