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Mini Cooper S Coupe

What is it?
BMW have turned Mini into something akin to Lego and from one tiny car six different versions can be assembled. From a convertible, to an estate there is a Mini to suit everyone.  The latest stage in Mini’s evolution is a two-seater coupe, along with a two-seater roadster.

Who is it aimed at?
Anyone intent on making a fashion statement with their car choice  will love this version of the Mini, we don’t see too many male buyers for this one!

Styling
All the hallmark Mini traits are obvious in the styling but the roof line now slopes to the rear and creates a strange so-called helmet roof.  There is also a very angular raked windscreen and the style won’t be to everyones taste.

Under the Bonnet
In line with all other Mini models, there is a base model called Cooper, a faster model called S and an ultra high performance model called John Cooper Works. We drove the Cooper S with the 1.6 litre engine and 135kW output.

Inside
The layout is familiar Mini, with the digital speedometer above the steering column and snappy toggle switches. Having just two seats allows space for a surprisingly large boot that can hold more than just one boutique shopping bag.

On the Road
It is an absolute hoot to drive. Anything this low to the ground feels fast and the Coupe feels zippy, nimble and is far more go-kart than regular car. The steering is incredibly responsive and the braking system even more so.

Safety
Safety is to the fore in the Mini and the car is brimming with passive and active safety aids that are designed to both prevent a collision but also in the case of the unthinkable keep you safely rooted to the road.

Fuel Economy
Despite the Coupe being a sporty car, it still benefits from the same great fuel economy as its siblings and gives 5.4 litre per 100 km on a combined cycle.

Verdict
Cool and quirky the Mini Coupe  is a hoot to drive, but it may prove too small for some.

Why you’ll buy one?
Cheeky good looks; an urban-cool edge

Why you won’t?
The jury is still out on the design goofy or quirky?

LAST WORD: Great to drive, nippy, responsive, economical, it definitely has the fun factor


2012 Mini Cooper Coupe S Factfile  

Engine 1598 cm  1.6 diesel putting out 135kW  @ 5500 rpmand 240 Nm @ 1,600-5,000 rpm
Max speed 230 km/h
0-100km/h  6.9 seconds
Emissions (motor tax) 136/km (€225)
Model price range: €23,800 –  €37,050
No of Doors: 2
Euro NCAP: Not tested
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel Economy: 5.8   litres per 100km
Boot Capacity: Seats up 280
Length: 3728(mm)
Width: 1683 (mm)
Height:  1378(mm)
Wheelbase: 2467 (mm)

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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