- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I have a MINI and I love it! However, now that we are expecting our first LO, my MINI will become our spare car and I’m going to a 4 door. You can still fit LOs into a MINI, but honestly, I hate wrangling anything out of the backseat.
The car handles really well and the gas mileage is fantastic. We have a ton in our area so they’re not as rare, but they usually get a good amount of admiration and curiosity from other people. They pick up speed REALLY fast and anyone who has driven my car is surprised by how quickly it goes from 0 to 60+ and how it doesn’t feel like it’s going that fast. Like you look down and holy crap, you’re at 90 or something. So you really have to be conscientious about checking your speed.
If you want a lot of bells and whistles like a luxury car, MINIs definitely do not provide that. I love it but it’s not for everyone. You get it for the go kart vibe and drive, not for how comfy it will be after a two hour drive. As someone mentioned, the dash is quite odd and takes some getting used to. I don’t care but DH who has a luxury car thinks it’s silly and not intuitive.
In addition, if you cared about the country of origin of your car, MINIs are still assembled in the UK and Fiat 500 (currently) are being assembled in Mexico. They are moving the Fiat assembly to Poland but that’s not until the 2015 models (supposedly).
As another poster pointed out, MINI are not known for reliability and you can’t just go to the nearest Pepboys or whatever to get it fixed. I only take mine to the dealership and a certified MINI mechanic (usually the dealership). Even the battery is an odd size (only one brand/model will work) and the oil (for oil changes) has to be MINI branded. So if you are on a budget, that’s something to consider (and they only take premium gas). In addition, like other luxury cars, you have to pay extra for extra bells and whistles, from an elbow rest to metallic paint to fog lights.
I have nothing against Fiats but it really depends on what you are looking for. I think in terms of power and handling, the MINI is better, especially since you can choose Cooper S or John Cooper Works. Fiat only has the 500. The gas consumption in the Fiat is better.