MINI COOPER S

Herald Sun - Motoring - - In The Garage - CRAIG DUFF

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.

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