Guys and girls, My girlfriend and I are on the hunt for a car. We've narrowed it down to the Mini or a VW Golf. The Golf would be reasonably new - 2006 model at least. The Mini would be 2003 (or 2004 model if we were lucky). The thing is, the Mini is: Impractical: I'm 6'5" and can comfortably fit in the driver or passenger seat but cannot fit in the back and neither could anyone else sit behind me if I was in the corresponding front seat. Plus the boot is tiny and it's two-door. Expensive: Good examples are at the very top of our budget or over. Older: and therefore usually no warranty if we buy it private (cheaper) and potential for expensive repairs. But, it's such a great little car, my girlfriend has completely fallen for it and so have I really. Or The Golf: Practical: Much bigger than the Mini, five-door. No cramped space issues. Cheaper: Well within budget and with a good choice available Newer: 2005/2006 model and in most cases still in manufacturers warranty. But next to the Mini the Golf is a bit boring. We've both had the older Mk4 model Golf before which were really nice, but of the new ones most examples are grey inside and in our price range we'd be going for a lower end model without any zany sporty bits like alloy wheels and painted in anything other than grey, black or silver. The Mini is the looker and the heart option, the Golf is the trusty, head option. What do you guys think?!