When I was still using Nikon, the 35mm f/2.0 was my favorite 35mm.
The f/1.4, while certainly sharp if stopped down a little, but generally produced images I didn't especially like. A matter of taste, really.
Try before you buy if you can.
I wouldn't label the f/2.0 wide open as "soft", though there are lenses which definitely do better.
If you mostly stick to that FL range, then a rangefinder kit could certainly be a valid option. There too, it's a matter of taste & habit so try before you buy if possible.