Originally Posted by Masterauto
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.
This is only partially true. I think you did not truly "drive" the JCW. Minis are very fun to drive and very safe as they are engineered by the Germans to save your ass in an accident. The torque steer is is easily contollable especially if you expecting it. Your sti price analogy only applies to the jcw and I am inclined to agree. But, the mini is a premium small car the looks, feels and drives the part.