2009 MINI Cooper Clubman 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)
After looking at this car, the Jetta Sportwagen and the Mazda 3, I ended up getting the MINI. I got only the Premium package and the cold weather package. Added 16" wheels (15"="clown car") when the dealer gave me a deal on a set they had in the warehouse. In short, the car is fun to drive. Handling and braking are outstanding and the base model has enough power for most situations. Once you commit yourself to revving it higher and downshifting when required, the power is adequate. It's been reliable through the first 4,000 miles and have averaged 32mpg in traffic. Other cars are more practical but MINI is selling fun as much as they are selling cars and in this area it delivers.
Handling, braking, sunroof. Rear "gates" make loading a breeze. Didn't get a lot of add-ons as it is easy to inflate the price to idiotic proportions by adding optional equipment.
Seat not comfortable (need more thigh support), stock headlamps pointed way too low, stock speakers are a joke (and Hi-Fi upgrade not so hot), center- mount speedo is all style and no fuction (but rev counter can show MPH). Manual transmission is "notchy". Options - $$$$$$!