The MINI Cooper range offers more body styles and engine choices than most of the competition, but there are some good alternatives to the style- and fun-conscious small-car shopper.
The Volkswagen Beetle was recently redesigned, and in Turbo form, can even be sporty--and of course it has its own iconic style.
The Fiat 500 is a serious alternative, itself a modern revival of a classic mini-car, and in Abarth form, a sporting challenger.
The Fiat isn't as comfortable or spacious as the MINI, however.
Mazda's Mazda2 and Ford's Fiesta share a lot in common with each other, and both offer a slightly more mass-appeal take on the small/fun/affordable idea.
Mazda's MX-5 is a true rear-drive sports car that rewards the driver, but lacks even the option of rear seats and is showing its age in the interior design department.
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