I agree - I speced my MCS with the new Hyper blue but after seeing it down at the factory...and seeing other members 'real world shots' particularly in the sunshine - where the colour really 'plays with the light', IMO i found it a bit to garish. Which is exactly what Indi blue isn't.
Not wishing to offend HB owners out there.....I'm sure its changing spectrum is what you like about it. Horses for courses. I go for 'understatement though. At that point I would of gone for Indi blue......alas, discontinued...making the existing ones even more exclusive!!
Those Puddle lights are indeed nice, i still question an actual functional purpose other than noticing "puddles" when you are getting out of the car. AS for the Hyper Blue vs. Indi Blue i havent seen either in person but i need to cause i love blue and i usually get autos in a shade of blue, but i am not sure if i like the current offerings. I might go for the Dark silver instead. But i love having the color matched blue dash
For me, when I've had Convertibles or '05 MINIs from MINI to test, the puddle lights are just one of those "nice little things" that help build the overall feel of quality and "niceness" to the MINI. I can't see me actually parking, opening the door, seeing a puddle, and moving the car to avoid stepping out into it..... But you never know.