legendary Mini lives on. It is a very cool city car
and more fun to drive than ever. BMW, which now owns
has piped in some significant energy and reliability.
A few versions are available including a convertible.
In fact, with the total glass roof like the one on our
test vehicle, one could get a bit too much light in
the summertime. We didn’t like the amount of protuberant
plastic adorning the interior. Perhaps future models
will become more refined.
its launch in the Yaletown area of Vancouver,
B.C., for its North American debut, the British-made
automobile (with an engine from Brazil and a German
transmission) has strived to be hip. You may recall
the creative ad campaigns and the movie placement in "The Italian Job."
limited space for parking in European cities, the Mini
was always the chic car of choice. However, the newest
version can play the role of a “real car,”
and it is very pleasant to drive. It has evolved quite
a bit from the glorified go-cart it used to be. The
German transmission manufacturer has played the right
cards, and you would be hard-pressed not to fall in
love almost instantly.
things into the 21st Century, electronics abound, from
the electro-hydraulic engine speed-sensitive power steering
to run-flat tires. Of course, who could forget the “smart”
dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment SRS system via
the engine immobilizer with coded driveaway protection?
Despite the fact that our cool white Cooper S with leather
seats, 17 inch wheels, xenon headlights, premium interior
and Harman-Kardon sound system culminated at $25,000,
one can get into a “whiptastic” handling
fun version for well below $20,000.
a review of the 2009 Mini Cooper Hardtop
Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile full maintenance
program; 4-year/50,000-mile warranty; 6-year
rust perforation warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile Mini roadside assistance program.