Well I have just got back from a 1915 mile road trip in the Mini Cooper S. Things I liked :- French Roads - less traffic and great road surfaces compared to ours. Sea food was amazing - as we stayed just short of Mont St. Michel Mini returned 37.4 MPG for the overall trip. Things I didn't like :_ The French using bumpers for parking assistance, Mini came back with a slight scratch it didn't go with. All I know is it was a grey car from the paint left on my rear bumper. Belgium drivers proved again they are the worst in Europe. Below a picture of the Cooper with Mont St. Michel as a back drop at night.