My wife and I can afford any type of car made, but we both bought new VW Beetle convertibles late last year, and we absolutely love them. I have a 2005 turbo, whereas my wife picked a 2006 2.5. The car is solid! It is amazingly quiet with the top up, and is extremely comfortable (I'm 6'3 and have more head and legroom than I did in my Toyota 4Runner!). We both get excellent gas mileage and we feel very safe on the interstates. I haven't had this much fun in a car since high school and college!
Leather seats, comfort, very good sound system, standard built-in satellite radio, excellent stearing control, and power... the car has definitely got some kick to it!
Improve the trunk space. My visits to Home Depot have to be better planned now, but I'll still go in the 'Bug'!