Who has seen something like this before? 'Spits' just simply its logo besides itself on the ground. As if the road belonged to it. And certainly this will have an effect and find imitators. But at least, this Mini will have been the first, the inventor, so to speak. At this point, an admission: One has felt frequently the first Mini as a cheekiness, approaching so forthright and fat an icon as the Mini from 1959, even if one has the naming rights. But one has also rarely so quickly get accustomed to such a boldness.
The interior already always exuded a certain fascination. How logical it is, 'to turn the fur inside' for the buyer of a nevertheless become quite high-priced car. Because while driving the owner notices more of this than from racy outer contours. The (relatively) small estate car form with the two rear doors seems to suit it best. Even the front view can convince now. The Mini has finally found its own line, emancipated itself from the icon.
Oh yes, the interior. It would be perfect would there not exist this angular thing, that must necessarily take place in the round in the middle. Chromed toggle switches and red start button, that looks really good. No handbrake lever interferes with the center console, everything is just dimensioned in a still acceptable size. Good, that was thought also practical in spite of the design, with large door pockets and still manageable keypad on the steering wheel.Just no van or SUV dimensions and rear yet almost the cosiness of Old English living room couch.
Though, completely without madness it could no be. One buys really much manageable with this car, despite considerable load volume. So why then one has to move the foot under the right half-height door, so that the opens by itself? Is the electric seat adjustment really not sufficient? By the way, take a look at the thickness of the doors and the protruding bumper, then you know how far one has moved away from the original. The BMW M1 on the same platform, certainly has to make efforts. 07/14