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Thought it was sluggish, rough riding & very noisy compared to some of the competition. Lot of hard cheap plastics & lousy infotainment. Premium fuel recommended. Looked at 2014 Kia Soul, was impressed with it's padded plastic & leather dash, very little cheap plastics to be found. It had heated AND ventilated front seats (rear are only heated), excellent infotainment system with a hard drive to store 6000 songs, large 8" screen...amazing for a 30K car, heated power folding mirrors, HID headlights, moonroof, ect. Much zippier & more fun to drive than the Countryman. The Kia also was more luxurious & QUIETER & uses regular gas. Negative...doesn't have the prestige but is know to be better than average in reliability. The poor quality of the Mini is pretty well known, the worst according to CR. Looking at the Mini Forums, I read lots of problems. So do your homework when looking at the Mini. Best bang for your buck is the Kia Soul Exclaim at a little below 30K and very well equipped. I rather have better quality vehicle than one with prestige that is poor made.Report it
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