R&T 12 Best Cars under $30K

Road and Track make a list of the 12 best cars to be had for less than $30,000US. Of course the list included a 2006 MINI Cooper S.

Because we couldn’t get our hands on the upcoming second-generation Mini Cooper S in time for this test, we took the current car outfitted with the John Cooper Works tuning kit. The kit adds an enhanced Eaton supercharger, modified cylinder head, redesigned airbox, higher-flow fuel injectors, a reprogrammed electronic control unit and a freer-flowing stainless-steel exhaust. The result is 207 bhp (compared with 168 stock), at a premium of $6300.

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