A very nice small hatch
December 14, 2018
A great little car... it has enough acceleration for most enthusiasts, especially the "S" version.
The regular one might leave you a bit disappointed, especially if you drove a V8 before. Great handling, and the testament to that is the number of Mini Coopers seen on most Autox days. They handle pretty much like a go-kart; on steroids though.
Noisier inside than my VW Golf GTI for example; and very bouncy suspension on bad Boston roads (I own the S, the non-S has a more compliant ride). Noisy engine also, a lot of valve train and injection noises, which might scare the less knowleadgeable person...
Don't buy an older than 2011 example, unless you are mechanically inclined... some things can go wrong.