2007 MINI Cooper Long Term Road Test


2007 Mini Cooper S: Take One for a Good Day

November 07, 2007

Photo by Caroline Pardilla

I have to admit, one of the main reasons I wouldn't mind owning a Mini is so I could wake up to this face. It just makes me happy. Ahhh....

Aside from that, aspects of our 2007 Mini Cooper S seem to be configured to making my life pleasant...

* Warning chime, whether I don't buckle up right away or have left the trunk hatch ajar, is a nice lilting ding-ding-ding instead of a high-pitched, frantic screech.

* My purse is still reachable even when thrown in the backseat so I don't have to pull a muscle trying to get to it.

* I'm positive that the Mini's cute proportions and appearance are why other L.A. drivers actually smile and wave me in when I want to merge in front of them.

* Shifting gears in stop-and-go rush hour traffic is painless.

I know I've complained about that uncomfortable gearshift knob, and the center-located window switches and speedometer are a tad annoying, and what's up with that torque steer....but look at that face!

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 6,383 miles

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