HOULDIN ON THE MINI
The manual is annoying in heavy traffic, especially when it turns off during idle. I found the suggested gear change interesting, mostly because it suggested changing before 2000 revs — this is obviously how they claim such low consumption. Very rarely did I get it into sixth gear around town, even when it suggested it at 70km/h.
But this car is really fun with a gokart feel. It sounds like many other diesel engines — and this one was similar to an old Herbie.
There is plenty of power for a small car and it’s very zippy around the city, but you tend to not focus on how fast you’re going when the gauge is in the middle of the dash. And the mesh cover on the sunroof is basically useless. It should have been solid.
But overall it handles very well and you’d recommend it to anyone looking for some basic thrills with minimal running costs.