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Test Complete: 2010 Mini Cooper S convertible

Consumer Reports News: May 20, 2010 03:56 PM

Spring is here and the time is right to put the top down. And glancing around the parking lot at our Auto Test Center, one of our favorite drop-top candidates is the 2010 Mini Cooper S. What's so special about this model isn't just the extraordinary handling and agility, but the 172-hp, 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers quick acceleration and a sporty soundtrack, all the while remaining fuel efficient.

Do we like driving the Mini? You betcha.

However, even in the fun world of Mini Cooper, the car has some drawbacks. For example, many of the controls are overly complicated. The rear seat clearly represents the car's namesake. Rear visibility with the top up is like trying to watch a 3-D movie without the special glasses, and the ride produces motions that are short, quick, and abrupt.

A smooth boulevard cruiser, the Mini is not.

The Mini's front seats offer good overall support, but some drivers complained that the seatback was too wide or constrictive. Bottom line: Try before you buy.

For more insights on the Mini, watch the embedded video. Online subscribers can see our full road test and ratings.

Mike Quincy

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