I agree about Honda. I have the CR-Z- and it is fun but only in SPORT mode and while standing on the throttle while rowing through the manual transmission. Not MINI fun but that's what I have the Classic Mini for which in turn is more fun than the new MINI. The main part for me that does make the CR-Z better than the MINI is the fact I don't have to bring it in every month to have something fixed.The Mini sheet metal is thicker then the 500. The materials are of a higher quality too. Your paying for that too. The sheet metal on the 500 is thinner then our Honda Fit. Easy to dent too. But I like the 500 a lot better then the Mini Cooper. Its very comfortable to drive. Its just too much fun to drive for 21 grand, compared to the Mini. Wish Honda, would make fun cars to drive again. Only thing close is the CRZ. Out of all small cars I own, the 500 is in first place, the Fit comes in 2nd place. The smart car comes in last.
The blue part is leather, the black part is cloth. But you can get full leather in a MINI as well, as I have done.Looks like the mini has the 'Nerf seats' here. Blue and all.