Unfortunately the car is an automatic (my wife is the primary driver). On a trip the interior is cramped with some luggage space behind the rear seat. Seats are comfortable and visibility is excellent as is the parking maneuverability.
I have a regular Mini not an S. I have gone through tires. I live in AZ and you are going to go through rubber on any car especially the sporty tires. I have not had any issues and go in for my regular warranty. I have not have the pads replaced yet and hoping it needs it before the maintenance warranty runs out. I love the car we were going to sell it to buy an Alfa Romeo but we decided to keep her as our 3rd car. I have the toffee lounge leather pano roof and ice blue and the HK stereo beats the more expensive cars audio. It has plenty of pick up and when I want I can put it in sport mode but rarely. I had a lot of people encourage me not to get a MIni because reliability and expense. I still love the car and there will be maintenance. Yes as long as it is reasonable that is what is expected and that I have received. Also, the dealer here for Service is outstanding. Mini of Tempe has still remembered my car. Good service.
2013 MINI Cooper S 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I really like this car. It's fun to drive and holds the road well. I do need another set of tires for in the snow though. Repairs are very costly especially if done at the Mini dealership. The car was pretty expensive to buy new too. The convertible top is easy to use. Just an overall fun to drive car.