... a Mini Cooper S, a Volkswagen GTI and a Fiat 500 Abarth, which would you choose, and why? By way of background, I'm about a year or two away from making a car purchase. I've been driving the base model Mini Cooper the last couple of years and I've liked it pretty well. I'd like something with just a little more "umph," however. Trust me, I'm not leaving the decision up to you! But I am interested in your thoughts, experiences, etc.