Blast Off! - 2007 Mini Cooper S Long-Term Road Test

2007 MINI Cooper Long Term Road Test

2007 Mini Cooper S: Blast Off!

August 14, 2007

I feel like putting a sticky note on the key to our 2007 Mini Cooper S: "Stop me from driving this car!" You see, I need to protect myself from myself. This car is so fast and so capable you think you can do anything. In a crowded space like Los Angeles, with so many moving objects all battling for space, this feeling can be dangerous.

I also can't believe how different this '07 Mini is from our 2002 Mini Cooper S...

It was my job to buy that car (an ordeal in itself since we wanted one of the first) and it left me stranded in San Diego on a Sunday afternoon with my family when the shift cable snapped. So you might say I have a lot of baggage when it comes to the Mini. So much, in fact, it wouldn't fit in the tiny trunk.

For those reasons, I only recently had the curiousity to drive our '07 Mini. And what a difference! The old, supercharged Mini was touted as a bottle rocket but it never really felt fast unless you were willing to wring it out. This new turbocharged Mini has all kinds of torque down low. As such it's perfect for quick lane changes. Its pocket-sized dimensions and great visibility means you feel you can put it anywhere. Ten feet in between those two trucks going 70 mph? No problem!

Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor, @ 2,429 miles

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