I actually looked at a MINI Cooper before I got my E90. Good use of space inside, great mileage, godlike handling that can compare with cars that cost much more, and in the case of the Cooper S, pretty darn fast too. For a "commuter" car, the fit and finish and materials are also very good, partly in thanks to BMW.
Plus they look pretty cool.
18" Staggered Style 189 - BMS 15mm - CF Grilles - LCI Headlights - BMW Performance CF Intake - 12" Blaupunkt Subwoofer