So far we’ve noticed that the maxi Mini is less of a toy than its predecessors and more of a grown-up car. The steering is still hyper-reactive compared with most cars’, but the ride has mellowed out, at least over the milder bumps, and the Cooper’s road presence feels more substantial. We’re still learning the new ergonomics, but things such as conventionally placed window switches and the new giant super knob for the infotainment unit are helping. All the connectivity options and ease of use are already garnering praise from those who like to stream music from their phones.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Car and Driver reviews the 2014 MINI Cooper S hardtop and concludes, after "long term" use:
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Canadian website autofocus provides a thorough comparison and ultimately gives the nod to the MINI:
If good things come in threes, then this is surely the first of a series of podium finishes for the Cooper. Despite getting larger and cushier, it’s maintained some of its character thanks in no small part to its odd little engine. It’s a turbocharged triumph, and you have to love it.However, as three-cylinder turbos become more common on the roads, it’s cars like these that are leading the way. The Fiesta tries to make the three-banger pragmatic. The Mini succeeds in making it pretty darn fun
The Fiesta is fun too, but more of an experiment, better to drive than the basic car, but at an added cost and no choice in transmissions. It’s a good effort, but doesn’t feel like Ford’s small-car plan is built around it yet.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Digital Journal MINI USA touts the Miles Ahead driving skills school held at Indianapolis Speedway and offers these summer safe driving tips:
- Obey the speed limit – Driving too fast significantly increases your chances of getting into an accident.
- Maintain a safe following distance – Always leave enough space to stop should the car in front of you suddenly brake.
- Anticipate by looking ahead – Looking ahead in traffic can help you be ready to respond to potential hazards. Always try to look 10 seconds ahead.
- Turn your cell phone off – There is no reason to be talking or texting while driving. Your attention should be 100 percent on the road.
- Drive a safe car – Make sure you are driving a safe car. Keep up on your maintenance, including checking your tire pressure.