Think you’re too old to enjoy the thrills of a MINI? Think they’re too expensive or maybe too small to fit the kids and the shopping? Well, think again! These cars are efficient, fun and extremely versatile.
But no need to take our word for it. Dick Lovett MINI is giving you the chance to get behind the wheel of these exciting, tech-packed cars during a special test drive weekend on 27th - 29th April.
Here’s our handy guide to help you get the most out of your test drive at Dick Lovett MINI.
1. Get the perfect driving position
Sounds obvious but all too often people hop in and set off without a second thought. Take your time - everything is adjustable, from the seat to the steering wheel. Make sure you’re comfortable, you’re not stretching to reach the pedals or doubled-over the steering wheel.
2.Think about passengers
A 3-door hatch is great if it’s usually just you, but if you regularly take more than one passenger then go fort the 5-door. It’s 16cm longer and has rear doors for easy access. The Countryman and Clubman are ideal for those who need extra space or a vehicle for towing. Or maybe you want the added fun of a Convertible?
3. Fit a child seat, or put something in the boot
All MINIs come with ISOFIX points to safely secure a child seat. You don’t have to take along the family dog to see exactly how big the boot is but do fold the seats down. The Clubman has a bigger boot than the Hatch models and the 5-door Hatch has more boot space than the 3-door.
4. Think about your test drive route
Are you likely to spend your time in the town or the country? City roads pose different challenges to their countryside cousins. If you’re likely to be rural rather than urban consider trying the ALL4 all-wheel drive option or the versatile Countryman.
5. Put it in SPORT mode and have some fun!
The latest 7-speed automatic transmission makes shifting through gears effortless, while the Cooper S model boasts an optional Sports automatic gearbox which engages the next gear for even quicker acceleration. Quickly choose between GREEN and SPORT at the flick of a switch.
6. Try out the sound system and sat-nav
The MINI infotainment is one of the best, so try out the features, turn up the volume and experience the quality. There’s a 6.5” Colour Infotainment screen, DAB tuner and Bluetooth as standard. Upgrade to a touchscreen or real-time traffic information, automatic online map updates and Apple CarPlay.
7. Go through the gears and try the brakes
There are manual, automatic and sports automatic gearboxes, allowing you to go up the gears on steering wheel paddles. Intelligent sensors take the guesswork out of tricky driving situations, while an array of features protect you in the event of a collision. So while it’s still a blast to drive, it’s also safer than ever.
8. Try parking it
While there’s bags of space inside, the MINI is still easy to manoeuvre and easy to park. An optional rear-view camera and parking assistant make reversing even less stressful. There’s even an optional MINI Head-up Display which projects your speed, navigation information and other driving data onto the windscreen.