I will tell you why you should choose the celica over the mini. I'll give some reasons, rather than ersponses. Bear in mind, I'm using the cooper S
-Celica is japanese, hence a general case of better reliability
-Wanna go out to the track?? Celica will win here. You put two capable FWD vehicles on the twisties, celica has better road holding abilities, acceleration and braking.
-MINI's are extremely hard to get hold of.
-180hp vs. 163hp. Who doeosn't love HP? (Note: it's got 156 lb-ft though
-MINI is extremely light, so in adverse conditions, it'll be MORE prone than the celi to lose traction.
-Celica looks better, that's only IMHO.
There are a few reasons for the MINI though. A John Cooper Works Mini would be awesome. A car british in style, but german in execution. Choose wisely, you won't be dissappointed in either one.