I acquired this as a company car and initially was somewhat apprehensive, partly due to its auto box. However, driving in London, the auto makes total sense. It's a great box, with paddleshifts and six gears, and my only gripe is that there is a lag in uptake from a standing start. You soon get used to it and tune it out, but it is initially annoying when trying to get that all-important gap in stop-start traffic!
The build quality inside is great, and it has got some wonderfully thought-out touches, including the retro toggle switches for the interior lights, windows, locking and fog lights. The speedometer is an annoyance - being so big, you cannot actually read your speed clearly. Therefore the speed is permanently up on the multifunction display in the rev counter - useful but still, a speedometer that big would be better being legible!
The car has some useful additions too, from the AUX-IN socket for listening to your iPod or MP3 player of choice, to the rear seat catches that let you put the backrest vertical to increase boot space - very useful and quicker than folding down the rear seats! You get a lot more in the boot and still the privacy - although there is a gap between the parcel shelf and the seatback in this case.
Mini have done a superb job on the road, the handling is great. It's comfortable, soaks up bumps with aplomb, yet handles like a go-kart, is nippy and darty.
Overall, Mini have made a fantastic 21st century version of the original.
Have had my Mini One 1.6 for about two months now and still loving every minute of it!
It's incredibly well built, fun to drive and pretty nippy for the entry spec model in the range!
I would recommend going for the pepper pack as it really improves the appearance of the outside of the car - adding the chrome inserts to the grill and boot grab handle. I also de-badged mine so there's no way you'd know it wasn't a Cooper. I'd also recommend chrome line interior and multifunction steering wheel (which also adds cruise control). Both great options for adding a bit of luxury inside the cabin.
Great design. Great car. And built in Britain. What more could you want?
having come from a VW R32 golf i was waiting to find such a great big differance but wow its brill. I was putting in £70 a week in the golf in the mini £20 its comfortable the boot is fine and the driving is just as thrilling as my old R32. Would i recomend a mini one you bet. My golf cost me 30k and was just trouble from day one ended up taking vw to court the mini dealer fantastic go on buy one you wont look back
My "new" mini has now been in my hands for just over a year and what have I learnt? There are a few negatives, such as the terrible standard spec, a dash that refuses to stop squeaking and it being just a 2+2 rather than a full four seater. Obviously two I knew about before purchase, but the dash is driving me crazy!!! It has been back to the very helpful and friendly dealer, and each time they provide me with a courtesy car, but they cannot stop it!!
On the positive side you get a car that is great to drive, and I mean really great. No woolly Peugeot gearbox or spungy Citroen brakes, everything is sharp and tight, unlike the dash. Economy has been excellent and there is more room than you think inside with the back seats down. With some forethought on luggage purchase, we can fit enough gear for a week for in the boot. So dont assume the worst when you see the tiny boot.
The most amazing thing is the performance. OK so you are not going to take out a Porsche from the lights, but once rolling, things get very different. You can overtake easily, you can sit at well over a hundred (Germany only of course) in comfort. On tight and twisty roads you will keep up with just about anything and I mean anything! The chassis, steering, brakes and the way the power gets to the road are all excellent.
Regrets? My only regret is missing a few items off the options like bluetooth and chrome interior. So before signing that order form, spend some time looking through the options.
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I have run this car as a courtesy car for three weeks. Good points are good build quality and solid interior. Seats and driving position are good and…
Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very…