You do realize that I'm talking Canadian dollars here right? The guy at the dealership may have been talking base prices too... there is the Mini Cooper and the Mini Cooper S. The S has the bigger engine and starts at a higher price point... As someone mentioned though, 40gs just isn't that much for a new car these days.
I hear ya about the trucks but remember they tip and roll easier than a car. Look at the second pic. In the background are 2 trucks, the white one on the right has it's roof totally caved in right where your head would have been if you were driving and stood more than 5 feet tall. lol!
I feel a little light headed... maybe you should drive...