2009 MINI Cooper Clubman S 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
"Pepper" is still new at about 5K so can't comment on what I consider the most important factor - reliability. So far so good, though. My wife talked me into buying the Clubman. I thought it was too expensive for what you get. And the options are too expensive and too numerous. However, the little beast has totally grown on me and made me a MINI convert. The S is fast enough for most enthusiasts and it handles like MINI says: Like a go-cart. It's small to be sure, but when you're inside it feels much bigger. Never thought I would say this, but I love this expensive toy car.
If you want performance, get the S and always drive in Sport mode. Fun! Handling is awesome. Built-in bluetooth is a great feature. The paddle shifters (automatic) improve the experience a lot.
Most interior controls look retro and pleasing to the eye, but functionality is poor (radio especially). $250 armrest option is a joke. As are other options that are just too expensive. Stock brake pads dirty the wheels fast.