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Car: 2009 type s 1800 i-vtec
Join Date: 4th March 2012
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First impressions 1.8 type S v Mini Cooper
2 days ago I left my company scheme and handed back my Mini Cooper for my own 1.8 type S. It has been an interesting couple of days comparing the 2 cars. So my impressions are based on the Mini which I had for 4 years.
The first thing I noticed is that my right elbow does not bang into the door! The build quality is much improved. The Mini felt cheaper, the overhead light fitting actually fell off suddenly as I was driving. The Honda just feels more solid. The first time I took a corner at speed I knew the Civic was much better. It really held the line all of the way around. The mini by comparison would bounce about quite a bit. The gear change is also much smoother. The Mini would sometimes against fight me, when I selected a gear. The braking is less sharp though, but this might just be me getting used to a heavier car. Also it is not quite as "nippy" as the Mini, (same condition applies though). It does not pull as hard is the Mini, but that might be me trying not the thrash it. I'm 55 years old as I tend to drive more sedately than when I was 25 (mind you I was astride a Honda VFR 750 then, and so had to keep the bike in the red zone!)
It has better sound insulation. This was tested on a rather noisy road surface near where I live. In the Mini I would actually have to turn up the radio on this stretch. Not so in the type S. In fact the basic audio system sounds better overall.
Overall I'm very pleased with the type S. I hope it keeps going for a long time. Today I popped into Halfords and at the door a man in RAC uniform stopped me and said "what are you doing going in there? Honda's never break down". He should know!