As you can expect from all the talk about racing tracks, torque and stiff suspension, the Cooper S is not exactly wafting over speed bumps like a Rolls Royce, despite is British luxo-barge interior pieces. Just like on the Cabrio we last tested, the suspension has very limited travel, the shocks are as sporty as they get and on top of that the Mini comes in standard with run-flat tires. Everyone who has ever driven a car with run-flat tires can acknowledge the fact they are anything but comfortable in the shock-absorbing way.
After jumping like a gazelle over badly-paved roads or tram lines, the only surface area where a Mini Cooper S would be happy and actually comfy to drive on is a perfectly smooth road. Now, this may actually appear as the car is a hardcore racer in street clothes, so we should probably add some "exaggeration" inserts here and there.
As long as the road it's being driven on is at least in a decent state you should have no worries for the well-being of your kidneys or your spine, since the suspension is comfortable enough. As far as the other comfort areas go, apart from the visual aspect represented by the fabulous bits and pieces added with the "Mayfair 50" package, our test car was actually less equipped than the Cabrio we drove last summer.
We had no heated seats, no automatic climate control (only a manual, single zone air conditioning unit) and no electrically-foldable mirrors. Naturally, you can pretty much live without all these, but considering a Mayfair 50 special edition equipped just like this one has a price that is dangerously close to a Cooper S Cabrio with better features, one has to wonder.Continue reading