Review Mini Cooper
The empty switch cover on the dashboard of a new car says something about the owner. It says: You are a cheap man. You cannot afford to buy additional features that come with switches to fill these holes. So for the life of your car, they stare back at the people and scream silently ‘cheapskate.
Thankfully, there are many ways to fill the ugly and shameful gaps in the dashboard of a new car. Mini found the ideal furniture for the Cabrio S Chilli, a model that frustratedly spent some time in my hands getting wet during a few rainy winter days.
It’s the Open Timer that is always completely unique. In simple terms, it tells you how long the roof has been open and that the device is so important that it sits large and proudly beside the tachometer. Why? Because, Mini said, “this unprecedented tool shows drivers and passengers the time they drive with the roof, motivating the driver to truly enjoy the thrill of regular outdoor motors. possible.
There are a lot of things I want to say about this, but I’ll be kind and just suggest that the empty switch cover will actually be nicer, cheaper and serve a bigger function.
On a better note, the Mini Cabrio S is a gem. That’s all to do with the bright, lively, and even fuel-efficient 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, constantly luring the driver to revel in extraordinary torque and exhaust notes. sweet. The transmission is a six-speed manual – although a car is available – this is equally interesting and is a pleasure to stir.
The engine, also used by Peugeot in its 207 model, has been voted one of the best engines in the world and for very good reason. If there is an error, it is in the noise created by the driver’s right foot.
Body and space
Do not think Mini is a small car. This is a scale model of the original creation of the 1960s, but it is so super large that it is close to the Golf or Corolla hatch. That indicates room for four, but the fact is 2 + 2 with the children allocated in the small but beautifully crafted rear seats.
Cabrio has a fabric roof with electric drive and includes an ‘targa’ smart setup that only opens above the head of the front occupant. Preferably, this function can be opened and closed at speeds of up to 30km / h. If the weather is harsh – as for most of this test – this year’s Mini offers standard air conditioning.
For protection in one roll, there’s a one-piece roll bar behind the rear seat that automatically arises in 150 milliseconds. I doubt if you need this. Mini Cabrio – tested in its S Chilli version, adding more features plus the turbocharged engine – hangs on like a limit through bends.
This is truly one of the most interesting cars – along with the Mazda MX-5, which happens to be its biggest rival – on the market.
The short wheelbase, wide track and sharp steering ratio make it go exactly and with the ability to change its line through corners. But riding on flat tires is firm and sometimes harsh and often noisy. It works fine, however, on smooth bitumen. The Mini Cabrio S Chilli is a great package – at least from the powertrain standpoint.
But Mini requires sympathetic and heeled buyers. These are people who can live with small cabins, hodge-podge switches, and the windshield position and measurement position are somewhere near the headlights.
It will never win any aesthetic award. Like the original Mini, speedo is a giant dinner plate in the center of the dash. It is in the easy view of any occupant and can become a problem if you choose a pedophile passenger. Toggle switches are placed – mostly – in the center of the dash and can be awkward to quickly locate.
After that, there is stupid ignition lock that has to slide into one-way position and then have to press start button. Too picky! But maybe I’m too picky. This is a stylish and functional car that may be less important to its buyers.