We just moved from Florida to NC and I drove the MINI Cooper S on the 12 hour trip and it was terrific. Folded the rear seats down and had one of our greyhounds riding with me (the other 2 & cat were in my wife's MB wagon) and still had plenty of room and it was absolutely comfortable for the entire trip. The nav kept me informed and sometimes entertained when exting/entering the interstate.
Comfort, performance, economy, utility - all in one neat package!
Cool or kewl, whatever :-)