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2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster

This day has finally come!  When Mini announced the Roadster was coming this year, I’ve been looking forward to driving this car.

It is typical Mini everything.  Love toggle switches!  Best thing ever.  The only thing Mini needs to change about the interior of this car is the location of the cup holders, because when you have your coffee it blocks those toggle switches!  My two favorite things fighting for my attention!

2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster

2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster

But that’s it.  No more bad.  The Cooper S is ridiculously fast.  The most impressive performance aspect of this car is it’s 3 4 and 5 gear, and how much acceleration you see in these gears.  The Deerfoot will never be the same for you again.  And, be honest, after driving it for a couple of days, I finally noticed the “Sport” mode button… to which I said out loud, “Seriously, there is a faster way to drive this car?”

The Mini Cooper S Roadster is a manual top.  Normally, I’d say this is a bad thing, but it’s so light and easy to open and close you can do it with one hand.  While driving it topless, I drove into a storm.  Pulled over and closed it with 1 hand without even leaving the drivers seat.  I vote the manual top is a winner, and you never have to worry about the motors failing.  The #1 fear of every convertible owner.

2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster

2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster

When you buy a Mini, you’re accepting a life of little.  The cars are small, I’m 6’1 I fit not problem, but golf clubs and hockey bags can be a tight fit.  But, a quick trip to Costco revealed that there actually is grocery space in the trunk.  While I expected to have to put groceries in the front seat due to a lack of space, I didn’t need to.  In fact, with a manual soft top, it seems our friends at Mini made a great decision as they’ve saved all that trunk space!

Thanks to Mini Crowfoot Calgary for the test drive!

2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe

Not sure why this car isn’t just the “Mini Coupe”… as a fun play on Cooper… but I digress. 🙂

I’ve voiced my opinion a few times on Mini’s on CalgaryCarGuy.com now, I’m tough to please with small cars!  I’m 6’1′ ish, long in the body with freakishly short legs.  I fit into this car.  It’s fun, it’s small… and if you don’t need a back seat, it’s perfect for commuting and fun driving.

To start my review, I have to say, that I’m not sure driving the Deerfoot (QE2) has ever been more Continue reading

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