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What is the point of the newer Minis?

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LewisAndClark Fri 05-Aug-16 18:35:09

I'm sitting in a car park waiting for DD. There's a woman in a mini struggling to park.

They're HUGE. It's wider and longer than my little Ford Fiesta. It's not 'mini' by any stretch of the imagination.

AIBU to wonder what the point of them is? Why completely redesign a car and call it the same name when the name is no longer relevant?

mrgrouper Fri 05-Aug-16 18:38:07

My first car was an old fashioned mini 22 years ago. They were classics. Do not like the newer ones.

topcat2014 Fri 05-Aug-16 18:38:19

Don't get me started on the fiat 500 L (for large) - it is the size of a transit.

The original fiat 500 was only 9 feet long.

the point, I suppose, is to maximise the revenue for BMW from people who can barely remember the original car - never mind who had one.

LuckySantangelo1 Fri 05-Aug-16 18:38:56

I guess because it's such a strong brand. They are incredibly popular cars.

LewisAndClark Fri 05-Aug-16 18:39:35

YES to the Fiat 500s as well. Totally pointless revamp. I loved the old ones and always wanted one when I grew up.

Ifailed Fri 05-Aug-16 18:41:30

Drivers and passengers are larger. Hence the vehicle is.

Playduh Fri 05-Aug-16 18:51:54

Simple. Childless couple buys a mini one. Loves it. Has a family, needs more room for car seats, prams etc, switches to a big mini.

HTH

almostthirty Fri 05-Aug-16 18:53:56

I parked next to a mini the other day. It was longer, wider and taller than my estate car! Although I do like the Fiat 500 x as they have changed the style.

AnchorDownDeepBreath Fri 05-Aug-16 18:55:50

AIBU to wonder what the point of them is? Why completely redesign a car and call it the same name when the name is no longer relevant?

Yes, YABU. The smaller designs didn't sell, so they have got bigger - more people need bigger seats, and more space.

The point of minis isn't so much the size, anyway, that's just the brand name. They are highly personalisable, and quite well-made for that price range. They are very easy to drive, and they have good progression - start with a Mini One, upscale to a Sport when you want a bit more speed, then again when you need room for a child seat, then again when you need room for family stuff, then to a coupé...

They are made by BMW now anyway, there's little of the old brand left, other than the name and the British styling.

I had a Mini as my first car, I loved it.

AnchorDownDeepBreath Fri 05-Aug-16 18:57:06

Then again, this has made me think - I don't know anyone who chooses a car based on it's size. Maybe it's generational, but I don't think people want a small car. If anything, I think people want big cars (not long estate style, just big)

SisterMoonshine Fri 05-Aug-16 20:34:31

Yanbu
It has no business being called a mini.
They should be called biggies now.
And the size of their tyres!

Foxyloxy1plus1 Fri 05-Aug-16 20:46:02

Are you talking about a Mini Countryman? It's their version of an SUV and there is a 4 wheel drive version. I had one a few years ago and liked the higher driving position, but not a great deal else. Minis are overpriced and not that comfortable.

Topseyt Fri 05-Aug-16 20:53:36

I would love a mini. If I could afford one. Last time I was looking for a car there were no good offers in the second hand market near us.

Cocolepew Fri 05-Aug-16 20:55:25

I had a rant about this to the DDs the other day in a car park.
They walked off and pretended they didn't know me.

LikeDylanInTheMovies Fri 05-Aug-16 20:58:44

quite well-made for that price range

People I know who have owned them beyond 6 or 7 years would be to differ. The faults seem to come think and fast and are hellishly expensive to fix.

It isn't the size of them that bothers me, so much that it has completely lost sight of what the mini was: an affordable, utilitarian, car at affordable prices (when introduced the original mini was the cheapest car on the road). The new mini is a lifestyle accessory and a triumph of style over substance for the "aspirational' (god I hate that phrase) it is no coincidence it is the car of choice for estate agents.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 05-Aug-16 21:04:40

I love them but I still hanker after the old style minis.

My first car was a beige mini, back in 1991! It had no suspension to talk of and I used to bounce up and down the motorways but I loved it and still miss it.

Now I drive a ford galaxy but I'd love the new style mini once my dses have departed home. They look cool and are not to small. Tiny cars are notnveyrbpractical nowadays for most people; everything else has got bigger, car seats, buggies etc.....

OTheHugeManatee Fri 05-Aug-16 21:08:37

The new Mini Cooper is great fun to drive - corners like a go-kart and nicely nippy. And they have good visibility and fun styling and can be parked on a sixpence. The dreary inverted car snobs on this thread can bite me grin

I8toys Fri 05-Aug-16 21:12:06

I remember my dad's mini -with the sweetie dashboard in the 70's/80's - he was 6ft 4' and struggled to fit in it - not now sadly!!

BlossomHillOne Fri 05-Aug-16 21:17:12

It's a car - You buy a car that fits your lifestyle. I couldn't fit three children comfortably into the older style mini - they fit fine for shorter journeys in the newer style one. It follows a vague Mini shape and looks ok.

I suppose you could ask why us your car called a Fiesta - it looks nothing like the original:

BlossomHillOne Fri 05-Aug-16 21:18:35

That last sentence makes no sense - Really need sleep!

I will try again:

I suppose I could ask why your car is called a Fiesta - it looks nothing like the original...

Madeyemoodysmum Fri 05-Aug-16 21:29:04

I have a original mini. It's bloody gorgeous. Gets loads of comments where ever i go.
I go like the new models tho They are nice cars but they are not minis nor ever will be.
Bring back the old model. It would sell everyone loves it.

Brekekekex Fri 05-Aug-16 21:32:55

YANBU - every time I see one I mutter "it's not bloody mini!". This means I mutter a lot and it's possible I'm getting a reputation.

olderthanyouthink Fri 05-Aug-16 21:38:10

^It has no business being called a mini.
They should be called biggies now.^

+1 This

BikeRunSki Fri 05-Aug-16 21:50:30

The "new" ie:post 2001 ish BMW Minis are not so much about size as styling and the retro brand. I had an 02 reg from new for 6 years. Loved it. Sold it because I got a company car. Still remember it fondly. Couldn't ever have had an old Mini. No one I am related to would have fit!! I was once in love with a beautiful cream and burgundy original Mini. Black and white leather interior, lots of chrome. DH (6'2", mostly leg) couldn't actually drive it.

ginghambox Fri 05-Aug-16 21:51:50

Certainly grown a bit.

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