2007 MINI Cooper Long Term Road Test


2007 Mini Cooper S: How Much Gas?

January 10, 2008

2007 Mini Cooper S

When I got into the Mini last night, the gas gauge had 3 of the 10 lights illuminated. Now, if it had a total of 8 lights, I would know that 2 lit meant I had a quarter of a tank of gas. But 3/10? OK, so I've got a little room, I thought...

But after driving about a block, the fuel warning light came on.

Now, I'm always getting on some editors for bringing cars back with empty gas tanks. But I can't really blame anyone for not realizing that three lines on the Mini's cute little gauge meant it was near empty.

2007 Mini Cooper S

Other than that, this is the first time I got behind the wheel of the Mini Cooper S. It's fun to drive, surprisingly roomy, and adorable to look at.

The driving position suits me. Because I have short legs, when I drive cars with a manual transmission, I have to sit so far forward to depress the clutch that I feel like I could hit my nose on the windshield. But not with the Mini. I can put the clutch all the way in and still sit comfortably.

But all the cute business on the gauges and the center stack drives me crazy. Me and cute don't really get along.

Cute on the outside: good.
Cute on the inside: argh.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 9,400 miles

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