IÂve had my MINI Cooper Hatchback for about 7500 miles and 8 months now.
I got just what I wanted when I ordered it.
This is just about the perfect City car Â itÂs small and easy to park, the gas mileage is excellent, itÂs super fun to drive (6sp manual!) and handles like a go-kart on steroids.
Moves out smartly for something with just 121hp; I think that the 6M is the way to go for the base Cooper without the turbo.
For 1 or 2 people just running around town to work, the grocery store, the movies or the mall Â itÂs hard to beat.
ItÂs just very efficient in every way compared to a minivan or a pickup, unless needed. You can actually fit lots in the back with the seats folded down!
Feels like a small sports car and not an economy car.
As a driver, you are really in touch with the road in this car.
Handling is superb and the gas mileage has been outstanding Â over 30MPG no matter how you drive it.
6sp manual is very good and easy to use Â the car wouldnÂt be the same without it.
Handles like a go-kart.
Exceptionally practical for what it is.
These are more like areas of opportunity:
Rides like a go-kart.
I have the standard suspension and 15Â wheels and tires.
I can only imagine how much stiffer the ride would be with the sport suspension, or 16Â wheels and tires (195/55/16Âs) or BOTH.
My wife doesnÂt really like the car for this reason.
If you spend a lot of time on rough or poorly maintained roads, you might want to think twice about this as your daily driverÂ Premium fuel is recommended for this car, and the dealer will tell you to use it exclusively too.
The S Models are prone to expensive repairs from what I've read - this is why I didn't buy one with a turbo.
Consider that carefully if you are looking at an S car.