We would lie if we were to say this is the most comfortable car we have ever driven. To put it simply, it's actually far from it. A badly paved road is probably the last thing on which you should drive the Mini Cooper S Cabrio, since the limited amount of suspension travel, the sports shocks and the fact that it's a pretty small car with a short wheelbase do everything to compress your spine.
The whole vehicle simply dances over every speed bump or pothole and at times it can actually make you think you're trying to ride a wild horse instead of driving a car. The run-flat tires don't help the ride comfort either. If it wasn't obvious enough, the go-kart handling does have its toll. You shouldn't imagine it's like a racing car though, as on decent roads the Mini does keep its composure well enough.
The seats are also a bit hard but they do provide a very good side support thanks to the ergonomic side bolsters. Plus, they were drenched in leather. Larger drivers should be wary though, as they're not exactly fit for a wrestler. As far as other comfort areas, the Mini we drove was actually doing quite well. The automatically retractable soft top has the switch all the way on top of the interior rear view mirror though. Not exactly a hard to reach spot, but the thing is you have to keep it pressed for the whole duration of the car's "unveiling".
Other than that, the automatic single-zone climate control does its fair job at keeping the bad weather out, so do the three-stage heated front seats, especially since Mini's marketing people are actually daring you to drive the car "always open". The petite wind deflector is also a nice addition, especially since its completely foldable and doesn't use much of the already small luggage compartment.Continue reading
Hold on, Charles Darveight would like to say something...
A convertible Mini, which is proudly wearing an “S” badge, can considered a modern work of art. It can offer profound and visceral sporty sensations with the help of just a precise steering, a very wide track, good side bolster support in the seats, blah blah bla. Sounds good?
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