Jun 01, 2008
Reviewed By SCM Staff
Price as Tested $28,700

Fantastic interior in chocolate brown with contrasting cream piping. Same sharp steering and decent ride; pleasing exhaust note and rev-happy engine. Right side clamshell door makes rear seat access easier, but RHD models dump passengers in the street, which can’t be popular.


Rear visibility is as bad as looking out the windshield of a DC-3. Normally aspirated engine makes very little low-end torque, necessitating downshifts of up to three gears to pass on the highway. Why didn’t designers add about six more inches of rear overhang to give the car some useful carrying ability? Controls (especially the radio) counterintuitive and confusing.


Mini’s third body style is probably the least compelling. It sacrifices some of the style and much of the visibility of the coupe for a bit more rear seat room. Real carrying ability comes only with rear seats folded down. Still, for thrifty HOV users, it’s more stylish and efficient than most alternatives in the U.S.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating

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