The Mini Cooper and in particular the Mini Cooper S is probably one of the better/practical designed cars to arrive on American shores. From the UK. Just ask anyone who has to drive home during rush hour in either L.A. or New York. Its 1.6 L I-4 SOHC 172 hp engine with intercooled turbo has more than enough horses under the bonnet (as the brits would say) to whiz you in and out of traffic snarls.
At an MSRP of $23,700, the Mini Cooper S beats its closest competitors not only in price but also in other departments. After taking one out for a test drive I have to say it was a fun ride. Two years ago, I took out a Mini Cooper S that had a stick shift. This one had a 6 speed automatic and the steering mounted paddles were a total joy. The bigger tires resulted in sharper turn and you can really feel the grip on the road.
My verdict? It’s a great car for single people or couples with no kids. I heard finding a child seat will be a challenge. Mini Cooper has increased its fun to drive factor yet keeping maintenance and running costs at bay. 26mpg city and 34mpg highway isn’t too bad is it?
Find out for yourself by test driving one at your local Mini Dealer.