Cars.com pits the 2007 Mazada Speed 3 and the Volkswagon GTI 4 door against the MINI.
The results were quite interesting.
>Last year’s winner, the Volkswagen GTI, returns in four-door form to take on the Mazdaspeed version of the Mazda3 and a new-generation Mini Cooper S. Which of these sub-$30,000 performance cars is our favorite?
In the end, the editors choose the Mazada Speed 3, but they did have this to say about the MINI.
>The new Cooper S gains some needed refinement inside without watering down the fun-to-drive factor, but it can’t match the Mazdaspeed3’s combination of performance and comfort.
[ Small and Fast Take II ] Cars.com