Jack makes a great point. If there is no real need for AWD (I'm sure you've weighed this decision out), there are a lot of other hot hatch options I personally would consider, such as the MazdaSpeed 3 (I've owned and meh) or, more interestingly, the Ford Focus ST. Those both offer similar technical options with less concerns for reliability. Ford has also stepped its game up big time. Everything from features to build quality are now impressive. Maybe look it over if you haven't already. It's not too late!