Suzuki Swift Sport vs. Mini Cooper
You don’t need prodigious power or mega money to have serious fun…
Posted: 09 Mar 2012
The Mini is more complex. It's significantly less practical and more expensive. Yet the reasons are compelling. When you're not hooning about, its refinement is a joy, and, when you are, the sophistication does show through.
There's something more, too. The basic Cooper is brilliantly at ease with itself. It was the first new Mini, and it's the most rounded. An S is faster, but it can't always use the power. A Clubman is wilfully eccentric, a Countryman bloated, a Coupe contrived and unnecessary. Just as the S-Class is the car that Mercedes is born to build, the Cooper hatch is the Mini. It's been around a while now (an all-new one comes next year, point of fact), but we could live with it for a good while yet. Even if, every so often, we'd be looking back over our shoulder at our younger selves in the Swift.