Suzuki Swift Sport vs. Mini Cooper
You don’t need prodigious power or mega money to have serious fun…
Posted: 09 Mar 2012
And through the first few snaky bits, the Mini does feel a little grown-up. It's not just about that engine, which seems to be holding something back at the top end of its revs, but the steering too. It's a bit artificial, jinking away from straightahead but then going a fraction numb, like electric power systems always seem to, and losing its directness too. (In fairness, the car was on winter tyres).
Anyway, once you put some more load into the system, it shows its talent again, the steering coming to life, the chassis staying planted and progressive, and even letting you use the throttle to trim the angle. So the Mini will come out to play. You just might not think so at first.