After looking at the list of cars endlessly over last few months, the same few cars stand out in my new car search:
Honda Civic 2.0 - around 80k, has pretty ok power (0-100kmh is 9.2 sec) and its the overall practical choice with enough space. Good fuel consumption too. There are tons on the road here in Singapore though... bleah
VW Golf GTI - around 125k, great car with power (0-100kmh is 6.9 sec, DSG version), handling and space but it is pricey, the GT is an option at 99k (0-100kmh is only 1 sec slower)but you will always have that niggling feeling that you should have probably have gotten the GTI.
Mazda MX-5 Miata - I have loved this car from college days. now with a new retractable hardtop, it is even more desirable (0-100kmh is around sec). However, it is hardly practical for a family with one kid and maid so I will have to put it on the backburner until Harry grows up.. It shall be mine...:)...