MINI COOPER S
IF YOU like your rockets pocketsized and packed with personality, take the Mini Cooper S for a spin.
The three-door model is a delight through the twisty stuff, especially if you’ve gone for the sports suspension and 17-inch alloys that come with the Chilli options pack.
If you have kids or regularly take passengers then the sales staff should be steering you towards the five-door Clubman.
The second-generation Mini now has a turbocharger attached to its 1.6 litre engine and the power is progressive, rather than spectacular, but it’s more than enough to engage the driver once the roads get windy.
It tracks and steers like a kart and the six-speed manual gearbox is a delight, with a short shift and ratios perfectly matched to the 128kW/ 240Nm engine.
Performance figures put it on a par with the Golf GTI— both go from 0-100km/h in about seven seconds — but the Mini is the car to choose if you’re out to make a statement. The list of interior and exterior options is amazing and allows you to tailor the car to your taste.
That said, it also comes at a premium over the Golf and at $43,700, the bottom line comes down to the price you put on individuality.