That’s as a result of it’s the Cooper S, which sits above the wholesome Cooper and under the scorching John Cooper Works. It makes use of a 176bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine associated to these present in every thing from the BMW X1 to the Toyota GR Supra. Driving the entrance wheels, it comes with both a six-speed handbook gearbox or, as in our automotive, a sevenspeed dual-clutch computerized with paddle shifters behind the wheel.
The Cooper S begins at £25,080 in Basic trim, or you’ll be able to step as much as Sport or Unique, which price from £27,330 and £27,665. We went for Unique, which is aimed on the driver who’s “a connoisseur of the finer particulars and lover of luxurious”, whereas Sport “brings a style of the monitor to your on a regular basis drive”.
What it means in sensible phrases is that this explicit connoisseur (ahem) advantages from further air intakes within the entrance bumper, a bonnet air scoop and a central twin exhaust, which give the Convertible a subtly purposeful look. Then inside there’s a nappa leather-based steering wheel, electronically adjustable leather-based sports activities seats, aluminium trim and multicoloured ambient lighting.
We’ve then ladled on £6275 price of choices, most coming in packs. Navigation Plus brings a head-up show, related providers, wi-fi smartphone charging and sat-nav for the usual 8.8in touchscreen.
Consolation Plus contributes electrically folding mirrors, a rearview digital camera, a entrance centre armrest, heated entrance seats, computerized air-con, parking help and parking sensors entrance and rear. That is one which I reckon few would go over.
Driving Assistant provides lively cruise management, computerized emergency braking and lane-keeping help (which, as soon as turned off, has truly stayed off, so kudos to Mini for that). We’ve additionally added a heated steering wheel and the 360W, 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, which sounds completely very good. Music is one in all my biggest passions in life, so this pleases me no finish.
Oh, and one different factor: the Union Jack sample on the roof? Like that within the tail-lights, you need to have it on Unique trim. Some adore it, some don’t. I’m impartial on the difficulty, however I’ve discovered 15 such motifs on the automotive, which feels extreme both means.