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Hi, all. I have a Mini 2.0L Cooper S 3-door on Motability. Whenever I mention this in posts, I often get questions, suggestions etc so, rather than clog up other folks’ topics with off-topic Mini stuff I thought I’d start this thread just for questions, answers, opinions, pix, anything at all about Minis.
First, proper answer to Gordon (from coversation in Finally Picked Up New Car thread). I went for the Mini because I wanted to downsize. No longer needed long-range comfy-bus (Skoda Superb). Mini fitted bill perfectly as enjoyable shopping-trolley. Only done a few hundred miles but seems to do job. Engine/gearbox very good; former will never be stretched, latter seems to have AI controller sensing what you want. More room for driver and front passenger than you would imagine, v comfy. Back seats OK for small dogs/children. Only reservations are the suspension which, despite an OK test in a 5-door, seems rather hard. I spec’d the adjustable dampers which help a bit but are not as adaptable as VAG’s excellent system on the Superb. The “Sport” setting is only for track work. Other reservation is the Active Sound Design which puts out vroomy noises through the car’s speakers. Fun for first five minutes, thereafter, quite annoying. Trying to get it turned off.
Overall, very happy with the car. Enjoyable to drive and, if I was ordering again, would probably choose the smaller engined Cooper. Nicer ride and the flat-out 2.0L is really only usable on a race track. One paramount thing before choosing Mini is go and try the one you want as the handling varies considerably between models.
Second answer, to Mitch (from Weather thread). Have v similar mobility probs as you and was amazed to find that entry/exit from Mini was fine – as long as it was the two-door. Four-door ones were tricky. Am hoping that suspension continues to loosen up as the car is used more; as above, a bit rough, especially on bad British side-roads.