I've owned many racks including the Thule t2, Kuat Sherpa, and Saris Freedom 2, and have come to like the Yakima hold up as my go to for my Mini Paceman. Each rack has its own peculiarities and I have learned over time what I look for in a rack. First off, how the rack is put together and the finish of the materials are super important. Being extended beyond the rear axel, bike racks take a lot of abuse from both movements and vibrations of the vehicle, and the elements of the road. Yakima paid attention to this with oversized stainless bolts all with locking washers, high quality finish- no chipping of paint occurred when assembling the rack and is still holding up- and a simple design. It is very robust, which has been tested thanks to a few pot holes and water bars that Mini's don't handle very well, but the Yakima held up just fine.
All of the tray style racks I have used have performed great for their intended use, but didn't meet my expectations for longevity. So far the Yakima has proved to be much more resilient in the endurance department. Some areas that I could see improvements would be with the integrated locks, which could be a bit longer and have a more thoughtful way to be secured when not in use. Also, the pin to fold the rack up and down is the one nuance that you will get used to but is still awkward every time you have to get the rack in the up position. There's a pinch point that will grab some skin and the pin is a bit of a grunt to pull out. I like this for added strength, but a larger pull knob would really help to grip it with less effort.
This is a great rack, and looks real stealthy behind my Paceman. I like how low profile it sits when its all folded up. I tucks up between the tailights and sits just below my rear view window so I have full visibility. The gloss black color is a clean finish that won't detract from a luxury car. I think the matte silver option is a more rugged look imo. A great rack that is definitely worth the investment.