I wasn't really looking for a MINI at first because I didnt think I would be able to fit comfortably in one (6ft tall). I was browsing through the lot and decided to just sit in one. That turned into a test drive, then I found myself having the one I wanted transfered in! This has been one of the most fun cars I have owned! I picked the car up 10/30/09 and hit the road. This car is pretty darn quick for its engine size, of course the supercharger and 2700lb curb weight helps. It will keep up with the best of them and then some. The music from the exhaust and supercharger are intoxicating! You do however have to keep the revs up to get the most punch. Ride quality is not as harsh as I initially thought. It can be a bit choppy at times though, this could have something to do with the runflats that came with the car. I really love the handling which in turn makes up for the ride quality, which again isn't that bad. This car can take corners at a very quick pace, I will probably never exploit its full capabilities, esp. not on public roads. The interior is top notch. I have two toned leather, panoramic sunroof, H/K sound system, 6-disk changer, and so many other luxury touches. I can easily take a nice long road trip comfortably. I am really happy with this purchase!
Most fun car I have owned to date. I also own a 1986 BMW 325 with a 2.7 stroker motor and 2000 328Ci and it blows both of them out of the water. The turbo provides a fantastic amount of power to the front wheels. I didn't anticipate liking fwd but with the limited slip differential my car has it really pulls through turns. 180 hp and 180 tq in a small hatchback is loads of fun. 6 speed transmission. Very economical on gas, averaging 35 mpg. I'm 6'1" and there is still extra headroom.
Fun factor is off the charts. I bought this car for my wife, who commutes to a part-time job. We already have two other vehicles, so practicality wasn't a concern. She decided she wanted a small convertible and after reading a lot of reviews, this is what we chose. We've had it four months now with no issues. I understand maintenance can be costly on these, but we haven't had a single issue. It gets decent mileage (it would get great mileage but it's so much fun to step on the gas in this thing), it's comfortable, and it is the most fun car I've ever driven, hands down. It has surprising room for the driver and passenger, but the backseat is only good for two mid-size passengers and even then, only for short distances.