There are some things German automakers do better than the others, but designing cupholders is not yet one of them. Germans don't eat and drink in their cars, and we've often thought the ones who design cars would prefer American's didn't either. So, when the cupholders in our part British, part German MINI Cooper failed, we naturally attributed the deficiency to the Teutonic side of the family. To be fair, the two holes will still hold drinks, just not as securely as before the rubber support rings were dislodged from their mounts by large fast-food cups. We'll have them fixed when the MINI finally requires its first service, but until then we'll have to stick with drinks big enough to fit snugly in those gaping holes.