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Mini car

Frederica Elbourne
Saturday, December 08, 2012

WHEN my girlfriend Aroese announced she was trading her Hyundai Sonata executive ride for a two—seater Mini, I almost flipped.

"I know what you're thinking, Fred. Where will you sit, right?" she laughed.

For one thing, you'd have to squeeze in with barely enough elbow room to enjoy a cushy ride in the Mini.

That aside, Aroese's personality is as big and as bright as a blooming sunflower that I could barely grapple with the idea of her and a Mini. The Mini radiates a diminutive and sporty ride

Rowan "Mr Bean" Atkinson made the Mini popular. His old favourite sour-yellow shade of Austin Mini in the British sitcom Mr Bean gave cause for much laughter as he continued to crash or bump out of the parking lot the blue three wheeler van — a scene which became a running joke throughout the series.

After Atkinson bought himself the batmobile Morgan Aeromax in 1997 — a step up from the Austin Mini, my friend Aroese considers the Mini ahead of her Hyundai Sonata.

The more I think of Aroese and her proposed Mini, the more I am convinced that it's a car for girls who want to have fun.

But the raves say the Mini is super fuel efficient with respectable levels of emission, and slides easy through traffic and cut corners with ease

The limited rear seat space makes it more of a passenger car than a luggage car.

In the meantime, I'll just continue to enjoy the bus ride and walkathon.


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