Just after some advice as looking at a mini cooper JCW and wondering about the running costs in terms one real mpg, servicing and repairs and how they are as in terms of getting the family in on the weekend.
Main concern is space as the car will be used for bobbing around town on the weekend with me the wife and my 2 boys aged 8 and 5. I am 6 '2 so wonder if it will be a constant squeeze, other than that car will be mine for the odd run to the airport for work with me being the only person in the car
Yep constant squeeze with the wife and kids in it and she will keep telling you to slow down and why have a fast car for bobbing around town.
Keep the family runabout until the kids leave home then you can divorce the wife and get the car you always wanted, makes great sense
Thanks for the comments, there won't be any long journeys in the JCW with the family as we have a Kia sportage for those...... It will be mainly for weekend around town and then for me in the week for work.
I'm 6' 4" and I've had two adults in the back before for a short 30min journey but it was uncomfortable for both of us, if your five year old needs any leg room at all it's probably a bad choice, + even 3-4 shopping bags means the boot is full.
But for those kinds of journeys use the KIA. Pretty sure if u do get a JCW u'll end up just using it for yourself due to space/comfort limitations of squeezing the whole family in. It can get a bit bumpy in the back due to stiff suspension, low-profile tyres. Whatever u do, don't get run flat tyres - back breakers!
For me around 34MPG in a very late 2011 JCW (last week of Dec) just over a year old now and it's got around 1600 miles on the clock, runs like a swiss watch and is the best fun I've had behind the wheel since driving my RS2000 thirty years ago.
If you decide to buy one, pay the extra and get the Recaro seats (in leather, rather than alcantara) they just look so good and are super comfortable.
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