|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|
|Fun to Look at|
Dec 01, 2006