2007 MINI Cooper Long Term Road Test


2007 Mini Cooper S: Smooth Shifting

October 24, 2007

Photo by Caroline Pardilla

After driving our long-term Versa for a couple of days, slipping into the 2007 Mini Cooper S was like slipping into a warm bath on a cold day, like jumping into a pair of tailored, high-quality trousers after wearing ill-fitting jeans...I could go on. But shifting the Mini is soo easy and I don't know if it's because I learned how to drive stick on one or what.

Every shift was smooth, things snicked into place like buttuh. I found myself taking long detours during quick errands just so I could get more seat time...

"I wonder if that restaurant is closed? It probably is since it's 10:30pm....but let's drive by it anyway."

Also -- and I know our editor Scott Oldham hates it when we mention these sorts of things but tough noogies -- I think the Mini is really the only manual car in our long-term fleet where I feel comfortable enough to wear heels while driving it. I usually have to kick off my 4-inch heels whenever I drive stick. But in the Mini I think the pedals are high enough so that my high heels can hover over the floor.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 5,922 miles

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