Folding Bikes

So I'm contemplating buying a folding bicycle. Mostly for storage reasons at home and to be able to bung it in the car for jaunts in the countryside.

Now, I don't know much about the folders out there other than Brompton who, whilst being shiny, are also relatively expensive.

Does anyone know of any other folding manufacturers which provide for the slimmer budget, or is it just best to pony up the cash for a trusted brand?

mr_tom, how's your Brompton working out? Anything you'd change to the spec?
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Indeed. I think the toy factor may play something of a role in my choice, when it comes down to it. :)
Aren't you meant to get matching ones, with identical tracksuits, hilarious sloganed hats and spangly bicycle clips so that you can ride side by side around the countryside stopping in local pubs to drink glasses of weak lemon drink?

I bought a bike the other week. I seem to ride it to the farmer's market and Tesco. This combination of activities worries me. I did ride down the canal a couple of times...I need to up my percentage of non-food related rides.