I am a bit partial to the Lexus IS for a reliable nice daily driver. You can get one with a 5 speed. The new IS250 has an option for a 5 speed. They are rwd, a plus in my opinion. I also like the S4 or R4 from Audi.
Of the four you listed, I love the new vw GTI, great to mod and fun. The mini S can a great car too.
What is your price range? The e46 330Ci are awesome if you can get a CPO.