Thursday, January 5, 2012
2012 Mini Coupe S
Power: Plenty for its size
Sex Appeal: If you have the hots for teenagers with backward hats, then you are in luck!!!
If you want a Mini, you want a Mini. I learned this when my sister bought her Mini Cooper S. You throw out all reason, any sense of frugality, and plenty of better options for the sake of driving, and owning, a Mini. Don't get me wrong, Mini makes a great car. It is fast, economical, and pretty sexy looking (usually). However, I only see there are two justifications for buying a Mini: 1) You REALLY FREAKIN want one, or 2) You have more money than you know what to do with.
On paper, buying a Mini is ok, until you look at the options list. What should be a 25K car ends up costing well over 30K at any dealer because of the very few options they tack on. This is a product of being owned by BMW, who LOVES to lure you in with a base price then hits you with several "packages" that add close to 10K for the base price.
I've driven several Minis before and I've always enjoyed the experience, so I have no doubt that this car will go like stink and handle well to boot. I just don't see the reason for spending a bunch of money on a teenager witha backwards hat. I wish I could say I came up with that analogy but unfortunately Mini already has that honor. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Mini itself thinks it looks like a cool kid with a backwards hat. Lord help the future of all cars.
My only exposure to this car was sitting in this car at the San Diego Car show. It looks and feels just like a Mini. It has more blind spots than normal and absolutely NO trunk space so I really don't see the point. Get a regular Mini Cooper S. Same price but is slightly, and I mean slightly, more usable. Otherwise, I would wait for the convertible version of the Coupe which I know will show up sometime. But even then, it will still be a 30+ thousand dollar mini competitor. But then again, if you like Mini......