Agility, fuel economy, braking, fun to drive, reliability.
Controls, slight hesitation from a stop, rear visibility, premium fuel.
The Mini is fun to drive with its agile handling and quick, precise steering, however the ride is choppy. The base four-cylinder engine has adequate response; the turbocharged engine in the Cooper S is more powerful and has a great exhaust note. Fuel economy ranges from 29 to 33 mpg depending on the version. Up front the cabin is surprisingly roomy, with plenty of leg room, but the rear seat is very tight. The audio and climate controls are confusing. The convertible top has a partial-sunroof position. A two-seat coupe and roadster are also available. Reliability of the non-S versions has been average or better; the S is below average.