This was my daily hack for about three years. Was initially looking for a 118/120D but test drove the MINI as it's the only front wheel drive that BMW make
Surprisingly comfortable, and one of the best motorway cruisers I've owned (alongside my E39 525d). Quite happy cruising at standard motorway speeds!
Uses a 1.6 PSA Diesel engine, which averaged around 57mpg over the three years and 30,000 miles. No technical issues except for a turbo inlet seal, which took 5 minutes to replace. No other costs except standard servicing and tyres.
One of the best cars I have ever owned!