2008 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
O.K., it's cute, fit well in my garage and was truly "fun to drive", but the novelty for us was over for us in a big hurry. It is a very small car, and while likely the best in its class, we found it cramped, noisey, rattley and poor riding, especially on road trips. The run-flat tires are bricks, the premium stereo was fair at best, it was nearly impossible to get comfortable (no,we aren't big people), and I really didn't care for the valve rattle at start-up on cold days. I switched to a Camry SE V6 which is (yes) faster, more refined, has far nicer/more of "everything", and for about the same money. If you need to drive regularly, long distances or with others, don't buy a Cooper
Looks, novelty, heated seats, DSC, big sunroof, BRG color and stripes, gen build quality and fun factor for quick around town trips.
Premium stereo was a waste and very disappointing. Fix valve lash problem at cold start up. Some body rattles. Armrest was very poorly engineered. Order rear fogs initially if you really want them. Understand that the car is very small before you order it.