2004 BMW Mini Cooper S 1.6 Supercharged from UK and Ireland
A very classy and fast car that is as good to look at, as it is to drive
Harmon Karden speakers blew and were fixed under warranty.
Superb handling and top class build quality just about sums up all about the Mini.
Speed wise, it could be a little quicker, but that's because it weighs in quite hefty with all the luxury options added.
Suppose one has to mention about the whining sound of the supercharged engine. Unique and very nice indeed.
The cabin is the best in its class in my view. The seating position is comfortable and low down for added sportiness.
The ride is a little on the harsh side, but I suspect it's not helped by those rather overpriced run-flat tires.
For a comparatively small car, it has a huge thirst for super unleaded though. 22MPG normally, and about 28MPG on the motorway!! Although my heavy right foot might have something to do with it. But the running costs are off set by savings on servicing if it came with TLC pack, which provides free servicing for 5 years. Also, it holds on to its value extremely well if it has the right spec.
All in all, it's the best car I have had up to now, and I will probably sample another one in the future because they are that good. Probably a Cooper S Works, or the new turbo charged version when it comes out.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th July, 2006