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This may sound like a tautology, but if you like Minis and you like automatics then you’ll like the Mini Cooper S Auto. Let me explain. For most people, driving a Mini without a manual would be anathema to the whole spirit of the car. BMW has realised this and gone out of its way to make an auto which, unlike the CVT system of old, doesn’t dampen the spirit of the Mini. As a result it’s quite a shock when you first slip it into Drive, expecting to be mollycoddled along by the torque converter.

The six-speed ‘box is incredibly eager to kick-down, seemingly always ready to exploit to the maximum even the merest hint of enthusiastic accelerator pressure. If you actually hit the switch at the end of the throttle-pedal travel then it becomes a case of ‘how low can you go?’ Down from sixth to second was its best effort. Likewise, if the ECU even suspects that you’re pushing on, it will hold tenaciously onto each gear right through the rev range. In short, it’s a bit like having a puppy with boundless energy that wants to play the whole time; quite endearing, but tiring after prolonged exposure.

[ MINI Cooper S Reviewed ] AutoExpress/Evo

Thanks to for the heads up.

For more on the MCSa, check out our full review from last February:

[ MF MCSa Review ] MotoringFile