My girlfriend has it, it's Supercharged, 6MT. You would think that it's underpowered, but it got some kick to it at every gear shift. Shifting of gears is notchier than my E90. Handles really well, would say just like BMW. If you aren't a big guy and want a around town car then Mini is a good choice, and way cheaper than 1 series. You can find a Certified Pre-woned for about $18000 - $20000 with around 20,000 miles.
My girlfriend's has about 60,000 miles. She had it for 3 years and no major problems. On idle there is some enigne noise, I kept on asking her to get it checked out but she's lazy. Car runs good though.