New Mini Coupe Revealed
The Mini Coupe's styling makes my head spin like food in a high-spec blender.
The Mini Coupe's styling makes my head spin like food in a high-spec blender. On one hand, hurray! This machine is genuinely distinctive and looks like nothing else on the road. On the other hand, oh dear. The roof is a strange bedfellow. It is lower than the hatchback version, swallows the rear windows like a hungry bear, and is available with contrasting paint and stripes. This, arguably, complements the flattened windscreen and rear spoiler to create a hard-core look. It succeeds, up to a point – but the Mini Coupé is hardly a natural beauty. Its proportions look awkward, but this is preferable to being bland. The fastest Mini Coupé is the John Cooper Works. This 1.6-litre petrol-powered predator produces 211bhp, hits 62mph in 6.4 seconds, and is capable of 149mph. Not bad for a sporty car that averages 39.8mpg. The most fuel efficient version is the Cooper SD, that has a 2.0-litre 143bhp diesel engine. Expect to average an impressive 65.7mpg and to hit 62mph in 7.9 seconds. Complementing the Mini Coupé's performance and fuel economy is its solid chassis, precise steering, and slick six-speed manual transmission. It is also reasonably equipped, so every trim has parking sensors and is MP3 compatible. Decent car overall, shame it looks like a squashed shoebox. Prices range from £16,640-£23,795.