Suzuki Swift Sport vs. Mini Cooper
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Posted: 09 Mar 2012
It follows that the Swift Sport has normal supermini proportions, too: it's tall and upright, and you sit slightly hunched over the steering wheel to give rear passengers legroom, and the rear suspension is torsion beam, because that's the cheapest and most compact way for a supermini and it's good for boot space.
The Mini throws away these supermini conventions, not only in its styling inside and out, but also in its packaging. In a Mini, you sit low with your legs straight ahead, behind a shallow windscreen. It's a sporting driving position, uncannily like that of a 911. The multi-link rear suspension wasn't designed for cheapness and compactness, but rather to serve handling. Its bulk makes the boot tiny. And anyone condemned to the rear seat will get their ankles crushed. The Mini is really a specialist coupe, not a mass-market hatch.