My thoughts after the first month & 525 miles
The engine! What a peach! The torque is fab. Considering our last MINI was a new R56 JCW, this one does feel quicker thro' the gears & it ain't fully run in yet. Feels more than 192hp to me
Economy is better than I expected it was going to be in the first 500 miles from a 2 litre petrol turbo. Averaging around 35mpg using Shell V-power
Handling gets better with more speed (see 'ride' below)
I/we don't notice the extra length of the F55 when driving
Love the 5 door looks. The F55 is more in proportion than the 3 door with the longer bonnet
Colour combo. Never liked the white silver on the R56's but looks so much better on the F56/F55 etc IMHO
Build quality. Like a different manufacturer compared with the R56
No key slot. Still can't get used to thatNo CD player.
Unusual omission but I've never used the CD player in my AudiIt feels more like a BMW than a MINI now. Is that a bad thing? I'll let you decide
The ride. I was expecting it to be a bit more compliant with the 16" wheels on, but its still on the stiff side. How you folks get on with the bigger wheels is beyond me. But that could be as I'm getting on a bit.
Exterior piano (gloss) black plastics. The F55's must be killing the world supply of this stuff as its covered in it. Front brake ducts, front number plate / grill section, A pillars, lower front window 1/4, thin section on B pillars, rear window 1/4, C pillars, rear spoiler supports, boot handle, rear foglight grill surround.This stuff looks great when its new but is a real PITA to keep that way as it marks VERY easily
Standard spec. is appalling for a £22k car IMHO
Xenon headlights should be standard spec. £800+ for the upgrade LED headlights is a joke
No interior mats as standard! Even the wife's old £7.5k Ford Ka had interior mats as standard
What on earth is going on with the boot shape? Ridiculous, unless you spend another £120
Rear door child locks are to easy to knock off (we carry our young Grandkids in the back of the MINI)
Another ridiculous petrol gauge & no coolant gauge AGAIN!
I see plenty of F55 MCS, but they all seem to be the diesel variety. I'm yet to see another petrol version, so far
Pic of the 'flake pop'. Not an easy task with the white silver lol
A gratuitous reflection shot -
New car detail completed by me on the MINI