Welcome aboard MJCW!New here. Long time BMW and Mini fan. My first Mini experience was with my buddies JCW Mini Cooper S. Before that I thought they were dinky little cars for women.
Owned a BMW 330i for a while and might upgrade to the new Mini this forum is about once it's out
I remember getting my Mini, I worried about the same, until I was able to beat everyone on mileage, get into the parking lane and pass people, and kicked butt in the snow with my Toyo tires.
Great to have you aboard