Finally, the fabled MINI Cooper Coupe made it’s way to Arizona after a brief stop in Sin City and a complete tour of California. Both of the dealers in the greater Phoenix area had it for display for a single day. Today it was at MINI of Tempe so I decided to check it out.
First and foremost, this car looks way better in person that **any** photo that I have seen. In person this MINI completely makes sense. The backwards-baseball cap roofline totally works. The spoilers make sense too. And the boot is amazingly large!
About the spoilers. Yes, there is an ‘s’ there because there are 2 of them. One of them is roof mounted and appears to be more than a spoiler. More like an air-flow channel that forces air down the rear window to be dealt with by the main spoiler mounted on the boot. After hearing Gabe talk about driving this car and how the spoiler works a a few shows back, I get it.
The interior is definitely different. It is odd to sit in a MINI without having any space behind you. Dare I say, I thought it felt a little cramped. Also, if you one of the taller folks out there (taller than 6’5″), good luck getting into this MINI. And if you are nearer to 6′, you will want to crank the seat to it’s lowest position or wear a helmet because you will hit your head on the roof.
I did find it odd that, in the midst of a big push toward manual transmissions, the car that MINI USA decided to show-off was equiped with an automatic transmission. Doesn’t matter if this is being driven or not, I just think it’s a little inconsistent with the message they are trying to convey.
Lots of “what do you think”s and “would you own one”s went around the group today. General consensus is that this is a pretty hot MINI, and everyone was pretty excited about it. Now, if it were only available in a color other than black, silver, silver, silver or green.
I liked it. Not sure I would own one since I do need a little more space most of the time than this MINI provides. But, for a second car, budget allowing, I would have this MINI in my driveway for sure!