We like to drive a stick. I know - it's un-American. But after 45 years, my husband and I both really, really hesitate to give it up. After hours of research we are now down to the VW Golf GTI (SE), which comes in a manual, or the Kona, which does not. We also want the safety features (blind spot detections, lane assist, etc.), a sunroof and a powerful engine. We drove the Kona turbo and liked how it drove but I've also read it's really slow at getting up to speed for merging onto a highway or passing. Warranty is great on both. We had a Mini Countryman All4 but are becoming snow birds and don't need AWD any longer. Plus, the Mini was great fun and a money pit. Something constantly going wrong and big ticket items at that - all post warranty. Any thoughts? Going to test drive the VW tomorrow.