Makes Long Hauls Better than Before - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2015 in MINI
imageMakes Long Hauls Better than Before - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

We take to the highway for 800 miles to assess the multiple factors of long-distance comfort in our 2014 Mini Cooper.

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  • darexdarex Member Posts: 187
    Wait... You're saying that on the highway, the length of the wheelbase affects you? How?
  • ebeaudoinebeaudoin NE IllinoisMember Posts: 509
    What's going on in the first picture? Looks like a three-lane tunnel superimposed on a two-lane country road. Weird.
  • darexdarex Member Posts: 187
    Had my F56 MINI parked next to my coworker's Ford Escape, and surprisingly, the wheelbases are virtually THE SAME!

    103.1" vs 99", apparently, but looked the same. How much difference could that make?

  • misterfusionmisterfusion Member Posts: 471
    edited September 2015
    If the wheelbase is of a certain length, it can cause a very unpleasant jounce or resonance as you ride over expansion joints. As in, even people who don't get carsick can be made nauseous. California has a lot of concrete highways, so this sensation can go on for many, many miles. I have found that longer-wheelbase cars can remedy the effect, but suspension and wheel/tire choice can mitigate the effects in smaller cars.
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