Chunky Mini Fun
Added: 20th of February 2015
Cooper SD All4 is larger and more imposing than normal mini but doesn't feel it when driving. Although it doesn't have the Go Kart feel of a small sporty hatch it is still nippy and fun to drive around town and on country lanes, especially when Sport button used, whilst remaining smooth and comfortable on long motorway journeys. Am averaging 45mpg which is reasonable but I had hoped for 50+. All4 system coped well with winter snow and muddy farm tracks that my previous front wheel drive hatch struggled on. Internal space is great, plenty of leg room in the back even if front seats pushed right back. Could, however, do with more driver friendly storage. Large centre speedo only really a gimmick so use digital readout on driver's dash. I believe latest models do not have the centre speedo. Electrics are too fancy for my liking but this is the same on most modern cars and is something you get used to. Time will tell regards reliability but it is not a car the DIY home mechanic could do much with. Bought car nearly new and so it came with run flat tyres. These do have a slight negative effect on handling and "feel" and are not something I would have chosen as an option if I'd had the choice. Above points are minor, only real gripe is very low position of heater/ac controls on centre console. The buttons are small and so I have to take eyes off the road to adjust the controls. Overall I am very pleased with the car and can't help but enjoy driving it.