While they don’t have all the facts straight (Only the previous Cooper came with the CVT, not the MCS) they do have some opinions on the new auto-box:

>The Mini’s automatic is a fun sapper, but it replaces an even more abysmal CVT from the first-generation car (and is still what you get with a base convertible), so our reaction is mixed: This is better than the CVT but not grand. So if you can’t shift for yourself, we don’t think you even belong in an S.

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