I took the BMW off the road for a little while at least and got the Golf registered and insured and drove it for the first time. They are rather different. For one the VW has a sensible normal ride hight and properly functioning heat. On the other hand the shifter throw is a mile long and the interior contains some of the worst quality plastics I have even had in a car (knobs that fall off and broken clips that hold buttons in...). On the other hand the VW runs on regular gas and should get much better milage. I like having a sensible car and the VW should be a great winter car/commuter car but after only one drive I cannot wait for the salt to clear and have the BMW back to its best again.