>Laugh if you want, but I’m also raving about the six-speed automatic transmission. I didn’t ask for it, but turns out it’s probably the only thing keeping me shiny side up, rubber side down.
Oh, wait. Maybe not.
>The automatic transmission is good, but not without flaw. On some of the steeper uphill switchbacks, there is delay before it kicks down to first. The wheelspin I can deal with, but what I can’t stand is the drop in momentum — the Empire must be defeated, Middle Earth must be saved.
Finally ending with the words we all want to hear.
>Those who feared the Clubman would be less Mini — and therefore less fun — have nothing to fear.
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