"Lackluster pep, ugly and chaotic controls"2.0 starson by nicmart
Pros: Not bad looking
Cons: Push the gas and... wait
Summary: I test drove a couple of Minis recently and was unimpressed. The most immediate and glaring problem is that the "performance engine," which requires high-octane gas, doesn't respond instantly when you push on the gas. It is worse than my 4-cylinder Accord and much worse than my 10-year-old Miata. I wouldn't consider buying a car with such an acceleration lag.
The controls are laughably garish and confusing.
If you can live with 2 seats, the Miata (Mazda MX-5) is much livelier and more dramatic to drive. A better choice as toys go.