Dec 01, 2006
Reviewed By Gary Anderson
Price as Tested $28,000

BMW-designed, English-built turbo engine with huge low-end torque. Bulldog Mini styling retained, though all panels are new. Handling is more BMW-like, producing faster lap times without previous “go-kart” twitchiness. BMW quality in fit and finish.


Interior restyling with larger center speedometer and gray plastic controls apparently copied from Fisher-Price toys. Run-flat tires accentuate every bump. Cup holders still worthless.


Will generate controversy with first-generation owners who insist the original was the best, but overall this is a better-performing upgrade that has retained the spirit of the first-generation new Minis. Besides, what fun would owning a Mini be without a little bickering over a warm pint.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
5.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating