Expensive but Worth It
By Andy J on
2009 MINI Cooper S 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
A home run; why can't US car companies build something like the MINI? We paid right at $30K for the car and feel like we got a bargain. The new MINI retains some British charm but really should be regarded as the smallest member of the BMW lineup -- it looks and feels incredibly solid for a small convertible. My wife says she feels like she's behind the wheel of a baby tank. Our "S" cabrio w A/T is returning 31 MPG in mixed city/hwy driving to date. What a combination of power and fuel economy -- way to go BMW/Peugeot! Way, way bigger inside than it looks from the outside -- I'm 6'2" 200 lbs and very comfortable in drivers seat. Trunk is tiny, but useful w/back seats folded down.
1. "Sport" button transforms the "S" into a snarly little sports car by tightening shift points & steering. 2. Great wide power band at any speed -- NO discernible turbo lag. 3. Power top operation is a thing of beauty.
1.Stock radio is poor. 2. Stiff ride even without Sport suspension, gets tiresome on the interstate. 3.Some interior controls look & feel cheap. 4. Don't buy this car if you are looking for a Lexus-type ride or plan for more than 1 passengers -- it's really a 2-seater with extra cargo space.