The auto is competent enough at regular driving speeds but becomes temperamental when the throttle is floored. It has a need to constantly shift down, as if it can’t make up its mind which gear to settle on. This is mitigated somewhat by the manual mode but paddle shits are not standard. The auto understandably uses more fuel; consumption is listed as 6.7 litres/100km for each model.
STUNNING DESIGN: The Mini Coupé has assertive presence on the road even if its suspension is rather harsh.
If you’re keen on Facebooking your trip or tweeting about your journey Mini Connect allows access, even allowing drivers to use Google search. A great touch, especially considering how important social networking has become.
LOADS OF SPACE:The boot volume is sufficient for most drivers' needs as the image above shows.