Mini buyers are slaves to fashion. No real other reason to buy one.
Why pay an STI price for a tiny cute car with horrendous torque steer that can be crushed by any SUV or truck. Sitting in the back seat leaves you open to instantly getting destroyed by even a minor rear impact. I had a JCW and it was not even fun to drive imho.
It is in base for cute economical transportation that is ez to park in cities.