2004 Audi S4 Avant quattro AWD 4dr Wagon (4.2L 8cyl 6M)
This is the perfect car if you don't want to be seen in a "sports car". Not to mention, you can haul a few kids along the way as well. Although it is not as athletic as a Cayman, it will easily blow away your expectation as to what a grocery hauler can do. It has the class inside and out as you'd expect from an Audi. The 4.2L V8 is a battle-tested dynamo in the lineup. Sure, you can complain about the mileage, but don't buy this car if that's on the top of your list - high performance is what it is. Although we haven't used it to tow anything, it is our do it all car anytime of the year. If you can find one (sedan or wagon), jump on it, you will be happy
Power for the size of the vehicle and relative price of the car for a polished V8. Capability in our family where Dad gets his "car" and Mom has a useful car as well. Budget-wise, it works in this day and age where you can't just keep an extra car around for weekend fun.
I can't complain that the RS level is not available in Avant trim as it isn't as popular in the US, but power is addictive.