Since we [published the Ordering Guide](http://www.motoringfile.com/2015/02/07/exclusive-f56-john-cooper-works-ordering-guide/) for the 2015 F56 John Cooper Works, there has a been a lot of debate across the MotoringFile and [White Roof Radio](http://www.whiteroofradio.com) teams regarding the MSRP of this new car. With a base-price of $30,600, we believe the JCW is actually good value compare to a “JCW-equipped” standard Cooper S. However, when you add a couple of technology and convenience options, the final price tag approaches the $38K-$42K range rather quickly. At this point, anyone contemplating a decently equipped JCW – even the most hardcore MINI fanboys – would probably ask themselves whether or not it is reasonable to spend close to $40K on a MINI. Wouldn’t it make more sense to buy a low mileage certified BMW M3 for instance? So instead of restricting this conversation to our little group, we decided to open the debate to the fine MotoringFile readership. Here is the challenge: With a budget ranging from $38,000 to $42,000, what would you buy instead of a F56 JCW? To answer this question, you will have to comply with two rules:
– You can choose to spend your budget on a new or a used car (excluding taxes, title, etc.)
– The car you choose has to become your daily driver
There you have it. Speak your choice in the comments section and tell us why you selected a given car.
UPDATE: Given the average spend for a car in the US, I realize that for many people a $40K car is not in the cards. But the question is not about spending $40K that you have (or don’t have) now, but rather what car would you potentially buy should you ever have $40K to spend on a daily-driver. Think of it as a Top Gear Challenge.