Small, expensive and overflowing with character – the Mini Clubman S stands out. Thankfully, its quirks are endearing. Three engineers walk into a boardroom in Munich. Let's call them Hans, Klaus and Tilda."Ja, it's time to design the new Mini Clubman. It must be fun and funky," one of them says. "Of course! We'll give it a set of round headlamps and weird barn doors," another chimes in."And don't forget the interior. Everything will be circles, and there will be lots of colour."Then they all pack up, and head to the local brewhouse to eat schnitzel and drink beer from giant glasses, all the while discussing the perils of stereotyping. Probably. You get where I'm heading with this. The idea of a British icon modernised by German engineers doesn't necessarily sound enticing on paper, but Mini has been an unquestionable success since its early 2000s rebirth. The formula has been simple: lots of circles, cutesy design and a focus on the details, but the product itself has grown … [Read more...] about 2018 Mini Cooper S Clubman review
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What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions. Aaron just moved to Los Angeles and is about to have a baby. He needs a bigger car but it absolutely cannot be a crossover, it has to be the body style we all love on this fine website: a wagon. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car? Submit your story on our form.) Here is the scenario: We’re about to have a baby and we’re transplants to LA and really enjoy the city, and try to get to as many corners of it as often as we can for great restaurants). We also maximize the access we have to its environs. We’ve definitely done the “beach in the morning, ski in the evening” thing, and want to continue to do so. I currently have a Jetta SE and I need to expand my cargo space a bit, I absolutely refuse to get a crossover. It’s got to be a wagon, … [Read more...] about I Need a Family Car For $30,000 and It Must Be a Wagon! What Car Should I Buy?
Sam has a 2005 Mini Cooper S, which is a fine little car, but not quite practical for a growing family. He wants something sporty, fun, and practical and has a pretty healthy budget to accomplish this task. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car? Submit your story on our form.) Here is the scenario: I’m a new dad who needs more space than my ‘05 Mini S (manual) can provide. We’re planning on having a second kid in the near future, and I’d love to be able to operate car seats without dying and not need to drive with the steering wheel in my throat. At the same time, I’m not at all ready to hate my time in the car. I need space for two car seats in a reasonably sized car that can still fit in my garage and parallel park. I would like something that is a sneaky joy to drive (think performance lines from mainstream brands). I would love … [Read more...] about I Need a ‘Cool Dad’ Car for $60,000! What Car Should I Buy?
Jonathan moved from New York City to Los Angeles a few years ago and bought a 1998 Camry for $1,000. It was a smart and responsible move, but the old Toyota is showing its age it’s time for something new and fun. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car? Submit your story on our form.) Here is the scenario: In 2014, I moved from New York City to L.A. with no job and a tight budget. That led me to buy my friend’s - and previously, her grandma’s - 1998 Toyota Camry for a cool $1000. It served its function perfectly, but now, as it approaches its 20th birthday and a wealth of fixes that seem cost inefficient, I’m looking to upgrade to something with more personality but is still reliable. The last car I drove before this Camry was a beat-up Plymouth Sundance America from the 80s. I drove that in high school, so basically, I’ve never in … [Read more...] about I Need A Fun Upgrade From My 20-Year-Old Camry! What Car Should I Buy?
Do you really need to buy premium gas? Maybe. Rick explains. Actually, reading this won’t tell you; only your owner’s manual knows for sure. But read on…you may yet be off the hook… Do I Really Need to Use Premium Gas? Many years ago, premium fuel was thought (and sort of advertised) to contain added detergents that helped keep fuel injectors clean. At the time, fuel injection was rather new, and the injectors’ tiny orifices could easily get clogged by dirt. Therefore, many people bought premium-grade gas for that reason, even though the engine didn’t really require it. But today, virtually all name-brand gasoline (and probably all gasoline, period) contains a sufficient amount of detergent to keep the fuel injectors clean, so that’s no longer a good reason to pay an extra 20 percent for your gas. Historically, premium-grade fuel has mostly been used in high-performance vehicles that have high-compression, turbocharged, or supercharged engines, … [Read more...] about Do I Really Need to Use Premium Gas?