Sod it and get a Fabia Vrs.
Mine is remapped etc and keeps up with cooper s' and i still get 68mpg plus on long runs.....
Oh....and the boot on mine doesnt resemble my glovebox like a mini's does!
Personal choice at the end of the day
I have an oil burner at the moment and it's fine; goes quick, great MPG, Zzzzzz.
I've had remapped VAG's before (two, in fact), Skoda are just fine for what they are and obviously the engines are great. I just don't want one. I'd honestly rather spend more and have the VW or Audi badge (i've owned a SEAT and won't touch one again).
But, having recently owned an Audi and not really
having any love for VW, i want to try something fun. By all accounts the new Mini Cooper S fulfills that criteria.
Plenty of scope for tuning too, JCW tune to 200bhp and keeping full dealer support is tempting