2007 BMW Mini Cooper S 1.6 litre turbo from North America
Great performance with great economy + comfort - what else can you ask for?
Only 5000 miles so far, so no problems yet! (it IS British built, after all ;).
The car has proven, thus far, to be remarkably capable.
It never seems to be wanting for power, and the handling is spot on. True, the ride is a bit tight, but as expected with this type of car.
I am 6'4", and wanted a sports car with power and reasonable economy. I fit in so few vehicles (SUV's were useless, and certainly not sporty) that I despaired at finding one to suit my needs. My '99 Audi A4 V6 quattro was great, but a little tight as well as pricey with repairs. I thought about a used VW Beetle Turbo S or a new GTI, but after driving a base Cooper, I was hooked.
Once I tried the "S", it was over.
Well built (but not like an Audi, though), it's a remarkable package. Superb handling, 2 inches of head room left for me - remember, SIX FOOT FOUR! - loads of power, tenacious grip, lightning handling, and really balanced. Oh yeah, 30 MPG on average, 36 MPG on the freeway. SWEET!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th September, 2008