I own and love my GTI, but the MINI is really a different sort of thing. It’s smaller, and the big thing about them is how customizable they are. You really can order one the way your want it. That comes at a price. And the MINI has FAR more personality than the Golf, for better for worse. I prefer the subtly of the… Read more
I was mistaken about the manual for the new ones. You could get a manual last model year. But $42K is a FULLY maxed out JCW. You can get a JCW for $34K. Sure, the Civic is faster, but I’d rather drive a Mini than a Civic. Especially a Type R with that stupid wing on it. I’m 40 years old.
Wow! It’s Brett from the article. Thanks so much for picking me! Sorry I didn’t see this yesterday. It was my birthday and I was busy spending time with family and trying to enjoy myself. It’s a rare day that goes by where I don’t jump on Jalopnik. But this turned out to be a pretty awesome birthday surprise. Read more
Is something super low and really hard to get in and out of really a good idea?
I’d say the Alpine and the Rx-7 missed the boat on the reliability requirement
Large heavy and ugly in comparison to what? The original mini? Absolutely. However there is no way it could meet today’s safety standards. In comparison to the CUVs and SUVs eveyone complains about? Not even close. It all depends on your frame of reference.
What exactly is your problem with Mini? Yeah, they’re not small anymore - so what? People don’t buy tiny cars these days even when they are available (hence the discontinuation of the Fiat 500), and I have a lot of respect for Mini for still selling a two-door hatch. As for “ugly”... well, they’re not as pretty as… Read more