I've been thinking about getting a new car ever since my 95 Talon Tsi started to experience the dreaded crankwalk problem. :-(
I've been looking at both the WRX and the 1.8t A4 Quattro. The A4 is definately better looking, but the WRX handles SO nice and is very quick. While test driving it, I spanked a 5.0 mustang (I had a young salesman with me, don't buy that particular WRX though ;-) ). It's a tough choice. The WRX is cheaper, faster, handles better, more unique, but is not as refined as the A4. The look is growing on me, but I'm a rally fan. I also hate the 2002 A4's, so I would be getting a 2000-2001. Audi made a mistake by rounding off the car, it looks like a small A6 which I think is hideous.
If you haven't done it yet, you HAVE to testdrive a WRX. They are fun as hell, even if you wouldn't ever buy one. It reminds me of my Talom, pure pocket rocket: all engine and handling, no money spent on the interior. ;-) My girlfriend really likes the A4 and thinks the WRX is ugly. But after you drive the car, it is hard to care whether people think it is ulgy. Especially when they are in your rear-view mirror. ;-)