We have a guy here at work that tops out at 6’3” (he also happens to be remarkably fit – he has a beard, and we call him ‘Young Abe Lincoln’…but I digress). He’s been driving his mother-in-law’s Mini-Cooper while his pickup is in the shop. On my first day back after the wedding, I offered him a test-drive of my SMART. While it did require some amateur origami to get him into the car, he was pretty comfortable once he was in. His only complaint was that while the seat moves backwards and forwards, it doesn’t go up or down, which puts his eye level slightly above where the windshield meets the window frame. Not ideal, but he did mention that he’s had that problem in a number of other cars.
Quid pro quo, he let me go around the block in the Mini-Cooper. I had never been in one. (It really put my rusty standard-transmission skills to the test, but my dad would be proud to hear that I didn’t stall out once.) It was LOW. And the windows are SMALL. I felt cramped, especially coming straight from my SMART. I can’t imagine what it would be like to sit in the backseat, especially when Young Abe Lincoln is driving. He puts the driver’s seat practically IN the backseat to get enough legroom. I can absolutely see the appeal – it is a cute little car, but it was so different from the SMART. Just made me feel that I had made the right decision.
Who knew there was something that could make a Mini-Cooper look big?
One of the things I KNEW I wanted in my next car was heated seats, and so I splurged for the comfort package, and I am SO glad that I did, especially on the 20-degree mornings we’ve been having lately. There is nothing better than having a warm and toasty backside while the car gets itself warmed up. I have yet to use the high setting – the low setting does such a nice job.