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More photos of the new MINI Cooper

By Faiming_low on 21 Jun 2014

Attached Image Having sampled the excellent F56 Cooper S when we went up to KL to interview the talented men that created the cool MINI Cooper S video, I was looking forward to drive the lesser Cooper.
Attached Image Lesser? Maybe not. While it may have 56 less horses and one cylinder less, it is by no means slow or boring. The car also takes 7.8 seconds to hit the century mark, which is 1.1 seconds faster than its distant sibling in the family, the BMW 116i hatcback. Putting the car into SPORT mode makes it even more alert. Go-kart feel? Definitely feels like it, with its compact dimensions and well-sorted handling. I especially like the way the rear tries to assist in turning and its agility.
Attached Image And then when you try to poke deeper into its menus, you can see sweet little details that make the driver smile. Like, instead of naming it 'Sport Displays', MINI calls it 'Driving Excitement'. 

Attached Image Which will then show how much power and torque you are trying to put to the wheels. For the eagle-eyed, this photo is from a Cooper S ;)
Attached Image Another nice touch is this bright red start-stop toggle.
Attached Image Elsewhere in the cabin, you will find useful spaces which would prove useful in storing stuff on your B-road blasts across the Causeway.
Attached Image While the pure MINI fans may disagree, moving the window controls to where they should be is one of the best improvement for the F56 MINI in my opinion.
Attached Image So is the Cooper lesser than a Cooper S? Not at all! I barely miss the extra poke and it might actually ride better than its more well-endowed brother while being just as fun to pilot. Like they say, less might indeed be more.
Read the full review of the MINI Cooper here.

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Relagsingh Jun 22 2014 03:22 PM

The front overhang is a joke.

Kratoschumacher Jun 23 2014 12:06 AM

Cool start stop button, a little different from the usual round ones offered by most automakers.

StreetFight3r Jun 23 2014 12:36 PM

Is this the new MINI with the domino advertisement shown at the cinemas? Hot hatch, too bad will never be able to afford one.

Carmour Jun 25 2014 04:26 PM

The front overhang is a joke.


Why is it a joke? Thought the MINI is like this all along?

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