Pyro Tim wrote:
The BMW ones are shit! Don't have the soul of the old ones
Just being provocative
The MINI on the right i have owned for over 20 years, the MINI on the left is my daily driver. The one on the left is faster, safer, more reliable, more comfortable and has lower emissions hence from most rational perspectives is the better car. The one on the right is laughably dated but i absolutely LOVE it
I think the new MINIs do have some of the old magic though (cute, nippy, fun, awesome handling etc), i was a sceptic too before living with one.
I've lived in one, as my wife had a One. The ride was crap, it wasn't that nippy, and felt heavy. The old one was designed for max space in a small car. The modern one is tiny space in a medium sized car and the seats are awful. Plus it's a hairdressers car.
My 89 mini was fantastic, you didn't need to drive it fast to feel fast, went round corners like it was on rails, and I got 5 people into it reasonably comfortably. They'd even fixed the flaws of the early mechanicals and electrics of the older ones. I even ached less after 10 hours at the wheel of it than I did after 4 hours as a front seat passenger in the modern one
Righto then. Funny how those sh*t, soulless cars with crap ride sell so well though.
Maybe try a CooperS if you haven't already, same 0-60 as an old M3, fast, well equipped, fun by the bucket load.