I’ve driven a present model mini, kind of fancied one but after driving it didn’t want one any longer. Firstly it’s not a small car, it’s a small medium sized car like a Fiesta. Secondly although the ride was stiff but acceptable the seats were hard so made the ride uncomfortable. A better drive than an Abarth but flawed in other ways so wouldn’t buy one. Dealers are BMW dealers by another name so everything is geared up to getting you back to the dealership to spend more money.The Small Hyundai and Kia have 5 year and 7 year warranties and have recently changed the automatic offering to automated manual.
However the best car for a long warranty is now Toyota. New Aygo automatics are advertised between £12000 and £14000 and all Toyotas now have a 10 year warranty as long as you have the car serviced each year at a Toyota dealer. Its a good selling point.
I am still interested in the Mini Cooper automatic. There are currently 4 Cooper Exclusive autos in red at the main dealer all under a year old and all done 2000 miles. They have every extra including a sun roof and would have cost new around £26000. They are on sale for £20500. Not bad but they should be more like £19000.
I was very tempted thinking i could get every penny back that i paid for my car the way prices are at the moment and then pay the extra for the Mini, however i then drove my UP GTI to my local VW dealer to book a service for August and to get them to look at the useless heated seats and i fell in love with my car again. It drives so good and gets so many looks i would be crazy to change it. Therefore i am keeping it at least until 2023 or 2024.
The problem is i hardly drive my UP GTI and when i do it is like a rare treat that makes me understand how good the car is. Thats why i enjoyed the 20 mile round trip to the dealer.
Nobody worries about that.Sorry about the double post Steve. I do not know how my post in reply to yours was added to your post instead of being underneath it. I must have clicked something in error.
Just see my post below.
Quite the opposite, many ‘features’ of the BMW Mini are design for designs sake, similarly the Fiat 500 has a lot of pointless design quirks.Nobody worries about that.
Except maybe the Ash. He has a very particular set of skills. Skills he has acquired over a very long career. Skills that make him a nightmare for people like us.... etc etc.
Anyway - Minis - I'd have thought the Ash might like the suburban hausfrau look, but perhaps not.... At least he'd be able to read the big speedo, and drive sensibly for a change....
Often cars are a personal thing, as said previously I liked the look of the Mini but only with the JCW factory body kit on which is an option or standard on certain editions, really liked the look of it with that kit in certain colours… I’d driven other Mini’s of the same version but never the specific car in the specific colour, waited and waited, eventually one appeared in red, managed to get an overnight with the car, drove it perhaps 150 miles, lovely condition but ride compromised by leather seats being granite hard. Previous owner had obviously felt this also as he’d taken the run flats off in favour of normal decent Michelin Pilots… no spare but tyres 50% cheaper than rft’s… Christ knows what the ride is like with concrete tyres fitted as well.I do like Minis Ash but i do not like Mini sales staff at the dealers. I found them all up themselves acting as if they were selling Rolls Royce and Bentleys. The Female staff in their tight skirts and 6 inch heels who have not got a clue about the cars, but think if they smile and pretend they fancy you the sale will be instant. The Male staff think we were born yesterday saying they cant give a discount as they only make £200 on the car when infact they have a £1500 mark up as a minimum. However as you walk away they run after you saying if you buy the car today they can give £500 discount.
I thought the Mini drove very well and more comfortable with 15" wheels. The auto box was lovely and smooth. The downside is there is no Spare wheel and nowhere to store one so i would have to keep one in the foot well behind the front seats. Also the car has keyless start which can be cloned. Mind you i have a Faraday/Defender pouch for that.
I am tempted for the Mini i described above with all the extras, but then i could get a basic brand new Mini without the extras for £19000 from the Internet brokers, so which would be best?
As i have said i am going to keep my UP GTI at least until 2023/2024 unless i suddenly change my mind. Then again i would consider the Aygo at only £12000. A spare wheel standard, chain drive and the 10 year warranty.
When I’d decided it was time to change the Golf in 2017 one of the first cars I looked at was an S4 Abarth 595 Turismo in met grey at Research Abarth in Nuneaton, scorching hot day, test drive was good, sales guy was good not pushy and had a passion for the brand, knew the car well, after the test drive while looking the car over I noticed one of the rear headrests was missing and pointed it out to him. We went inside and talked numbers but I felt they felt they had all the cards, car was rare and the right colour, I tried to strike a deal but every time we got somewhere near he’d have to go ask his boss and rather unprofessionally I could hear everything said by both of them, eventually we got close to an attractive deal and I pointed out the headrest and he goes to ask his boss, again I can hear his boss, derogatory comments about me etc etc etc and the upshot… he wanted me to pay for it.I dread sucky/smarmy car dealers too, and have thought about tying a plastic bag over their heads, to do the world a favour. Having said that, with the Skoda dealer I bought from, they were fine, more like dealing with a down-to-earth neighbour or work colleague.
I'm sure minis are good cars, just a bit bulbous and fussy for my taste!
I'm not sure Aygos have 'chain drive' though