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A BMW in sheep's clothing
- 515 km
- September 4 2016 21:19
You do not drive so long in a BMW 330e, in my mind about the most desirable cars in its class if you can drive a company car, especially if you're in my case, only 7% have to count on (just in 2015 delivered) and then ... then comes a very nice new job in your path. But the company in question does not lease cars. Ai, which is a bit tough. But after sleeping a few nights and knowing that you will be compensated financially well a car is obviously not the reason not to go for a nice new job. So the BMW was out again.
But what then? Especially if you're a bit addicted to premium. The 330th assume would have been possible but it is expensive (because a lot of options) and the advantage of the 7% addition is gone. So that fell off. In other looked BMWs. Both new, as used, for example, a fine dressed-1 series. I am also a fan of youngtimers and also have good experience with it. But since I'm not a trader but as an employee I do not have the tax benefit with a youngtimer. Besides, how well youngtimers also be I know from experience that to touch it again she can be tricky if you lose a lot of mileage to move. So even for a moment doubted then a beautiful Mercedes CLS my path with only 50,000 kilometers on the clock, but I found apart from mentioned disadvantages also just a tad too immodest.
Then I just go and see what I can easily lease private. Literally everything I considered. Even a Fiat 500C with everything on it. Why not? I drive 90% of the time alone in the car. And I thought it was a funny idea. Despite my height is 1.96m I really fine in such Fiat, it drives well. Anyway ... ok ... it is very small. And base things like missing a cruise. So that fell off.
To my eye fell on the Mini. I always liked Minis wonderful. Actually I found the first retro model, which I always thought was the best delivered from 2001. Not too big, recognizable and close to the prototype has that 'stubborn speedometer in the middle etc. And delicious impractical, too. The second model, I still had a weekend with some 10 years ago. A weekend where I have fond memories of. Tasty carting that thing. That was slightly larger. But when I remember that I liked him again handed in after that weekend.
When the current model came out in 2014, I did have an opinion about it. Or judgment. Sample went too far! This was not a mini lake, too big. And the speedometer was finally disappeared in the middle of the dashboard! That is not possible. But still round but filled with multimedia. Bah I wrote.
Nothing is as changeable as a human being. Because I went so just stop by the dealership looking for my new car. Actually triggered by the new Clubman. I did look it kek his stubborn loopholes. And when I got into the car happened what so often happened in my car life: I was hit in my heart. What a nice thing. At a glance I saw: this car right! And what you see is that it is a premium product. Everything is so beautifully screwed together, with so much love for detail. And so willed. And the kilometer counter behind the steering wheel beautiful and the navigation screen in the middle suddenly bother me no more. And although no space miracle: both the hatchback and the Clubman can get along in space by. Especially the Clubman is just a nice sized car, also in the back.
So deeply in love, I left the dealership and I am beaten to configure. To discover that the Mini is downright expensive. Bah, whenever it is beautiful, it is expensive. What's new. The low prices are fine though. But it's just like BMW, are you going to add extras or price runs arrow quickly. And I love luxury. So there you go ...
Long I was convinced that it had to be the Clubman. Logically, I come from a BMW 3 series which is just a large car (what people say, with my 1.96 to sit still good people behind me, so spacious, not just on). Yet that does not become it. I test drive in an ordinary hatchback, a Cooper. And that ride was that I made my choice. This had to be him! I came back and gave a big smile the key to the seller. Spot on, I said! It was only a matter of choice. And Mini have LOTS choice. In terms of model, motorisation, color scheme, striping, etc.
At the time I wanted to order there was a special edition of which would only be available as a hatchback. The Marylebone. With striping funny, beautiful cross punch leather interior, Harmon Kardon sound system and the brilliant sunroof. Many discount. I have been thinking a good look, but knowing I will not often people in my situation on board, I decided I just go for the hatchback. The Clubman I find beautiful but it's so much money per month to me that is not worth it. And let's be honest: the hatchback I like most to see. So nice and thick! Especially in the performance as I ordered it.
Below is the specifications of my square standing on its wheels Cooper:
Mini Cooper Hatchback
That means the 1.5 3-pitter 136 hp
- Color Pepper White (what looks like cream, tasty retro)
- black roof
- automatic transmission
- Chile package
- Wired package
- Serious business package
- Mini Soda Sports steering wheel
- Spoke alloy wheels chrome 18"
- comfort access
- Chrome line exterior accents
- Chrome Line interior accents
- Visibility package (heated windshield)
- panorama glass roof
- Front armrest
- Comfort seats with leather upholstery
- storage package
- Electrically heated front seats
- Headlining anthracite
- Interior Panels piano black
- Mini Excitement pack
- Rain and light sensor
- automatic air conditioning
- cruise control
- Onboard computer
- light Package
- LED for mistlmapen
- LED koplmapen with enhanced features
- navigation system Professional
- Harmon Kardon Sound System
- Mob car phone + USB Audio
- mini Connected
- Min Driving Modes
- Park Distance Control rear
- Mini Connected XL
Connoisseurs will know that packets as Chile contain a bundle of options specified below. Anyway, not so interesting. This car is so good in the options. Things I have not taken the headup display, even though it suited perfectly in my previous car. But this word to use again, he puts the Mini from the dashboard and is not projected on the windshield. I think an ugly face and wonder if it works with my height (not tested). I must admit that I was a bit wrong, you quickly get used to that luxury. But so be it. Parking sensors for either, and behind them I could miss just sitting in one of the packages. Reverse Camera ditto: not necessary.
For a day or 5 I have the car, the first 500 km on it. Too early too hard decisions so. I'm still in love. Because I am. Not only do I think look the car is extremely beautiful, and it will not really change, he also runs so delicious. As a BMW. But different. Very direct. The steering is almost heavy with the small but beautiful steering wheel, but I like it. In driving mode, the sport is all right. The machine turns fast and smooth, just not as nice as the eighth stage in my third but still very good. The engine is basically an engine: powerful and with a nice hum. But still. You do not notice it really a 3-pitter is unless it is idling. Driving there is still a bit cautious but I think if you chase him significantly that it is quite a nice thing.
The car is pretty stiff this (beautiful) 18" rims but not TOO. In a residential area do not go too hard (not anyway!) Especially at thresholds, but on ordinary roads I would call it more directly than stiff. It is obviously not a limo, it is a relatively small car. But I think it's balanced. Time will tell how it is on long journeys.
And space: this is obviously not a very big car. Small but he is certainly not! The Mini is a bit between a Golf and Polo. Up front, I'm perfect. And I measure 1.96m. So no small man. I'm nice, the seats are perfect, give good support, are firm but comfortable. Lovely. In the back there is my height, of course, not much room. But it is not so that the seat against the back seat is on. If anything I inschik can someone so good behind for shorter trips. And the backrest of the front seat is hollow in order to win centimeters in front of the rear seat passengers. The trunk is small but good use for home garden and kitchen use, errands. With an oh so handy storage space under the trunk floor.
Things I enjoy all of it is now sunroof, delicious. The beautiful chairs and upholstery. And Harmon Kardon sound system. The rest I must all still going to find out once and experience. Consumption I can not tell much about. I'm going refueling and estimates the first tank at about 1 in 15.
As I drove 10,000 km I sign up for the first real experiences.
- 10500 km
- November 19, 2016 22:55
Thus, the first 10,000 km is over. Much faster than expected. I leased this car 25,000 km per year, but if this momentum by going than there are at least 40,000. Is that bad? Absolutely not! Because if there's anything I can say (or affirm) it is that this is a great driver's car. Every kilometer is enjoying. In very few ways set this car disappoint me. And given the number of kilometers I can also say with certainty that this is certainly not a shopping car. He drives really like a big car, I sit there with my excellent in 1.95, but without any. Ok, if someone needs to sit behind me (which rarely happens) then I closer together. Then I sit obviously not as spacious, but for shorter trips is doing fine. And I'm not talking about 5 km. In that position I can fine and comfortable one hour drive.
The boot is small but very practical. Stuff that I stuck in I lie, I stopped under the floor (there's a nice space). The rest is for weekly home garden and kitchen use (especially groceries) fine!
As in all a very practical car this. He is on the way as a house. Is stiff but not uncomfortable. In driving mode " Sport " he will be very tight but use occasionally. In the other modes, there is good balance between comfort and sportiness.
What makes driving more so pleasant? The quality of all materials used! The interior is a delight. The magnificent handlebar with thick edge and beautiful leather, the dashboard is beautifully crafted with beautiful and gorgeous switches clocks, special lighting that's doing night in lights, beautiful leather, the black sky ... I can as a moment get on. For people who are not so many cars have perhaps not mean much, I enjoy every day of it. And if I get in my car driving enthusiasts than they equalize the remark: What a beautiful car. The slide / sunroof is delicious. In the beautiful month of September, I enjoyed the ride open. And Harmon Kardon system is great. Not as good as in my previous BMW, but does more than fine.
Motor I am very satisfied. With some caveats. The three-cylinder engine is a wonderfully bright. And the car is downright fast. The caveat is that you do not always experience that. Because the power is gradually comes into. But he drags the car to be fast at highly illegal speeds. Only the real push is still a little way in the back. So the perception is that it is fast. But in just the 100 more than 8 seconds to go is definitely fast! The reason it feels different has to do with torque. That's not crazy high, and torque still largely determines that feeling. Anyway, the engine meets so well in terms of performance. The sound I find beautiful. Tasty roll when you flush. Very quiet on the highway. The caveat here is that he does not run idle so beautiful. A common shortcoming of a three-pitter. But for example, file-driving it is a bit irritating. You can hear and feel the imbalance. That's too bad. And what does detract from the comfort. But that's also pretty much the only thing I have to complain. Consumption is neat. I am now at about 1: 15.5. I had expected something more economical and I want to find what happens when winter comes.
The automatic 6 gear changes flawlessly and without you noticing it. Fractional less well than the unsurpassed 8-bake (who is in the Cooper S). But the difference is small and in daily practice is a lovely tray. I would not want to be without! So relaxed.
Finally, the multi-media system. I knew it all BMW. And it works superfine. I did some stuff with Spotify. That worked well but since an update of Mini Connected anymore. Maybe I need an update on the Multi Media System. But otherwise everything works flawlessly. The controller I is not read in a convenient spot. I have no such problem. And I use the voice control system regularly (phone, navigation) and it works fine after pressing the button. Top system. Very expensive, but you get quality.
Mini drive is a way of life. I headed already "Minioten" and that's because I've learned that there is a very large group of enthusiastic mini-drivers are in contact with each other to share their enthusiasm. What brand is it? Not so much. It says something about what makes the Mini car, but it is a brand with emotion. And I get it now. I even met with other Mini drivers. And without exception they all ride Mini with his heart. Overdone? That is an opinion or perhaps a judgment. For me it is a work of clarity. And I hope to make it long. At 25,000 km I sign again.
Mini = Maxi
- 33000 km
- June 19, 2017 23:03
33,000 km are over. And what a delight. Time for an update. If you read the first record you know how I ended up in this car. And I must say that I still absolutely do not regret my choice. This is one great all-rounder. Many people still get confused by the name yet (Mini) Mini but is more of a brand than an indication of the size of the car. Ok, it's not a big car. But he is certainly not small. And if you look where I bought the car to 90% business use, I will come to nothing. If I have to disregard co-drivers back is I really spacious. Many people do not believe this but it's true. And I'm 1.96m tall. The chairs, I have the luxury variant, are very good. I just returned from a weekend return Paris and I get after a trip fresh from the Mini. Also, the handling is more than acceptable. In sport mode, it is more rigid (but that's the idea behind the driving mode) but in normal range and he was nicely balanced.
The engine also suits me perfectly. Nice compromise between sufficient power and performance and fuel economy. I am now on a consumption somewhere between 1 in 15 and 1 in 16. I think I have a whole year close to 16 bowl because it's summer and he is much more economical than in the winter. In Paris I noticed that if you drive much traffic that it is quite slurping more. Then you are quickly close to the one at 13. But I drive mostly highway. Machines also the way and 6 bake delicious. Never feel that he picks the wrong gear, fast switching. Fine. In Paris I was indeed with the whole family, including two daughters who are both around 1.80. Then I have something closer together but believe me, I'm fine. And to park this is obviously a great car: nice and short.
Nothing to complain? Of course it is. The expensive navigatiesytseem not current (shame) and sends you right in big cities with the greatest ease of one-way streets or even a bus lane. Regularly I need google maps. That's at. Why not this system? By and large, further it will hear a particulate system. Stunning screen, clear indicia. But given the price it should be perfect. And that's not it. Furthermore, the interior annoying small and the system which pushes forward the seats (I have a 3-door) downright clumsy. The memory does not work so well with getrut seat reset so I forgive her but could be better. And, but that's an exception: why just say that plastic making glove compartment of cheaper plastic? The rest of the interior is a delight! Fine materials, real premium. But is it clear that there is saved. Dom. That said, I can consciously enjoy the incredibly beautiful dashboard with racy clocks, beautiful leather steering wheel, the beautiful leather etc.
Been in all an excellent choice. And I'm happy to continue riding in the cart.
- comfort 4.0
- performance 5.0
- reliability 5.0
- cost 4.0
- Would you buy a car from this brand? Yes
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