So, the thing about a Mini, and it’s probably the biggest thing about a Mini, is that it just looks so good. This colour in particular, the British Racing Green, is the colour du jour.
The paint job is an extra $800 and the racing stripes an extra $200, but I think it’s worth it. It’s still in the classic mini shape, even if it has grown a good few inches along the years, and you really do feel like you’re in a classic car, and that you’re getting the best of both worlds - classic shape with a new engine from the same company that makes BMW. How can you go wrong?
Inside is just as good. You wouldn’t pick that this was a base level car, apart from the fabric seats. But the fabric is so smooth and comfortable there’s really nothing wrong with them.
And everything from the old-school stop/start button to the circular frame around the multimedia screen that lights up when you do various things (or just because it wants to), to the old-school speedo, leather-trimmed steering wheel and the design of the centre console, to the circular door handles and the way they open and the circular speakers that jut out just so... well.
I’ll stop now but you get the picture. Every single piece has been so thoroughly thought out and beautifully designed, they’ve paid attention to every detail and even the cupholders look like a design feature. It’s a lovely thing to sit in.
This particular car has a double sunroof, one for the front and one for the back so that the roof is practically glass - it’s part of the 'Climate Package' which includes the panoramic roof, heated front seats, and sun protection glazing for $2300.