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Autoweek's Review Notes On The 2015 MINI Cooper S Hardtop

Autoweek's staff provides their review notes on the 2015 MCS. They include some discouraging comments, such as:
. . . The steering, on the other hand, is heavy without a lot of feel. It’s not super direct, either -- probably better than most cars on the road, but I want a Mini to feel like a go-kart.

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. . . Maybe the price is immaterial because everyone simply leases these things. But for me, this is awfully rich for an admittedly decent front-driving compact that leans heavily on style to make a case for its existence.

. . . Would the Mini be my choice in the mid-$30K price range? Not necessarily, but viewed from the perspective of, say, a single person or empty nester considering a perfectly nice loaded Fusion or even a Mercedes-Benz CLA/Audi A3, it begins to make a lot more sense. The Mini has a ton more personality than any of those options, and it’s a better driver than any of the entry-level German cars (setting aside the fact that the Mini IS an entry-level German car). . . .