I went for test drive today.
I drove Cooper FWD with MT and Cooper S AWD with auto. I like car in general: has good steering and brakes, a enough space for 4 adults (even one being 6'4"), nice engine sound. Regular Cooper feels really underpowered and much softer than S. There is noticeable lean in corners which I hope sport suspension would fix. MT is pretty good with easy to modulate clutch. Pedals are small that makes heel an toe a little hard and stick has long travel, so I would definitely install short shifter.
I did not like the price.
31K with options - $415 for 3 years lease with 10K per year with $5000 down. Dealer says that there is no deals and everybody is expected to pay MSRP + crazy financing rates.