WE VISIT MINI showrooms once a month because in ten years' time our redhead wants to be driving one. She sketches a lot of them (like in this video).
Mia will open and close every door she can reach on a Mini, then crawl through every space and often snap herself into every seat. I like looking under the bonnet. The Cooper and Copper D now have new generation 1.5 litre three cylinder engines and that means the diesel's fuel rating is above 80 mpg.
I take a brochure from our local Mini dealer every time we walk the forecourt because the range of options for the car is so expansive. The 2014 hatchback (a five door Mini) will be longer, wider and taller which should mean teens won't feel like sardines. And by 2015, there will be a Mini Clubman Estate on the road. Our favourite set of wheels is the Mini Countryman and maybe our 6yo will be able to enjoy some driving time with it before the end of the next decade.