Fun car to own and drive while being economical
January 15, 2018
My wife and I owned this car for six years as second owners. Even though it requires premium gas, it's economical to drive averaging about 32 MPG for us including long trips and 35 mile commute mostly on the highway. It's spacious for hauling some stuff including eight foot long boards, but can seat four people (two in the back are cramped, but okay). Smart looking car with a lot of performance because of the 4-cylinder turbo charged engine, fun to drive the six speed manual transmission. Six way manually adjustable front seats with heaters, automatic climate control, excellent sound system with manufacturer installed USB/IPod adapter. Mini dealer service, when required, has been outstanding at MINI/BMW in Annapolis.
Why four stars for comfort? It's a small car so it rides a little rougher than a larger car, but still not annoying. Rear leg room is cramped.
Why four stars for Interior Design? The analog speedometer is in the middle of the dash, but digital is in front of the driver.
Reliability is four stars because of some issues that year's engine had, but MINI fixed everything under warranty (even though the warranty had expired) so there shouldn't be further similar problems.
I'm sorry to let the car go, but stick shift in commute isn't as much fun as when I was younger.