For a hatch, the MINI Cooper S is far from comfortable, but the Coupe plays in a different league and if we judge it by these rules it seems like a a decent proposal. However, your body just feels, you can’t have a conversation with your back for example, so we have took look at things from the flesh and bones perspective: this is a pretty uncomfortable car.
The suspension has stiff setup and a short travel so it’s rather unforgiving. Don’t try to run for cover at the relaxed cruising camp, as the soundproofing allows engine, wind and tire noise to share the cabin with you. The seats? They’re not bad, but don’t manage to earn any points for this chapter.
Fortunately, the interior space is decent and you also get a higher practicality level than in the hatch, as the two-seat layout offer plenty of storage space, both behind you and in the boot, which can be accessed through a special hatch.
The car is set up to offer driving thrills – this is why the suspension is stiff and the soundproofing is stiff, but it’s not a silly toy, it also has reasonable sides, with the best example being the powertrain. The engine and the gearbox offer an infinity of driving combinations – there power and torque rev band is incredibly wide and the shifts are precise, so, from this point of view, you can be relaxed while moving along.Continue reading