New Mini Cooper SD
The all new Mini Cooper SD looks virtually identical to the Mini Cooper petrol S, but is sure to be a hit with customers hoping to avoid the rocketing prices at the fuel pumps
The all new Mini Cooper SD looks virtually identical to the Mini Cooper petrol S, but is sure to be a hit with customers hoping to avoid the rocketing prices at the fuel pumps. It claims 17mpg better official economy than the Cooper S, at 65.7mpg, while CO2 emissions of 112g/km result in an annual road tax bill of only £20. If the firm’s excellent residual values and pre-paid servicing packages are taken into consideration then the Mini Cooper SD should make your money go further.
On the move the Mini Cooper SD appears to be just as quick as the petrol version but 0-62mph is completed in 8.1 seconds instead of the 7 seconds in the petrol version. The Mini Cooper SD is also available as Mini Clubman, Convertible and Countryman. Even the ALL4 all-wheel drive version of the latter, by far the heaviest and least efficient vehicle in the Mini range, manages 57.6mpg, 130g/km CO2, and 0-62 mph in 9.4 seconds and 121mph.
Mini has also fitted a ‘super light’ six speed manual gearbox which compensates for the added weight of the 2.0 litre engine under the bonnet; the six speed automatic is optional. Other fuel saving technologies included are start stop, brake energy regeneration, gearshift indicator, electric power steering and demand based use of components like the alternator.
Prices start at £18,750 for the Cooper SD Hatch which is approximately £740 more than the petrol version. Most expensive is the Countryman ALL4 SD at £23,190.