The Mini has agile handling and quick, precise steering, but the ride is choppy. The base four-cylinder engine has adequate response; the turbocharged engine in the Cooper S is quicker. The cabin is surprisingly roomy, with plenty of front leg room, but the rear seat is very tight. We found the audio and climate system controls confusing. The convertible has an easy to use top with a partial-sunroof position. Fuel economy ranges from 29 to 33 mpg depending on the version. Reliability of the non-S versions has been average; the S is below average. A two-seat coupe and roadster are new.
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