Still the Perfect Driving Position - 2007 Mini Cooper S Long-Term Road Test

2007 MINI Cooper Long Term Road Test

2007 Mini Cooper S: Still the Perfect Driving Position

August 23, 2007

When I read the early reports on the Mini Cooper redesign, I got worried. Mini designers had to raise the hood height to comply with European pedestrian safety standards, and this necessitated a rise in the car's overall beltline to provide a uniform appearance. Raise the beltline, of course, and you get a smaller glass area -- and I feared this would diminish the superb visbility and accompanying sense of driver empowerment that I found so endearing about the "old" new Mini...

After several drives in our long-term 2007 Mini Cooper S, I don't worry about this anymore. Somehow, even with less glass, the driving position is better than ever. I can see everywhere I need to, and I feel perfectly at ease: My arms and hands are just where I want them to be in relation to the steering wheel and shifter. My legs and feet are just where I want them to be in relation to the pedals. It's a great feeling -- and to me, this is worth $25K.

Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor @ 2,962 miles

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