Leatherette Seats, Cruise Control, Auxiliary Audio Input, Alloy Wheels, Overhead Airbags, Traction Control
4 Cylinders, 2WD, 1.6L Engine, Automatic Transmission, 82K Miles, White/Black
The controls are not intuitive; it is too cramped; the design has a lot of uncomfortable flaws-- for example, I have to move the seat forward so far to be able to push the clutch far enough down, that I cannot unfold the side visor because my seat back is in the way. I don't like having to sit so close to the wheel and never had to do this before, though I am short. Reverse is right next to 1st-- Several people, including myself, have shifted into reverse by mistake when trying to shift into 1st quickly. It is no where near as good on gas as my previous car which was a Prius, even though it is so much smaller and cramped.
Bought the Mini S specifically to navigate traffic congested Southern California. The car doesn't help the traffic, but it certainly makes it more fun to deal with. Supension is hard, but if you love feeling at one with the road as I do, then this is the car for you. Driver/passenger compartment is roomy and comfortable (I'm 5/10"), but back seat is pretty much useless except to carry golf clubs or one child sitting sideways. Felt the savings an a 2 year old vehicle with 25K miles made the car a great value. With the supercharged engine and auto transmission, I only average about 26 MPG, but I drive pretty hard and certainly enjoy the mileage and drive of the Mini far more than my old pickup truck. While I'll never look forward to driving to downtown LA, I'm far happier doing so in the Mini than in any other vehicle I've ever driven.
I enjoy the look, the easy handling, the comfort and the fact that it is a manual transmission. The gas mileage is phenomenal, I get 36 mpg on the highway and around 35 mpg around town. There is plenty of legroom in the front seats, a little less in the back.