Mini moves to coupe
IS IT COMFORTABLE?
Wwith large doors and an elevated ridge heheight, it is easy to get in and out of and ccould find favour with older drivers for this rreason alone. The small boot could be aan issue, but the rear seats drop down if nneeded.
There’s plenty of space beneath the boot flooroo and temporary spare with a styrofoam separatorseparat with storage compartments (don’t know why they jujust didn’t make the boot deeper?).
IS IT VALUE FOR MONEY?
Yes and no. It depends on whether you view it as a small car or something more substantial. Bluetooth, full ipod connectivity but only one 12-volt outlet in the centre console (other Kias get two).
WOULD WE BUY ONE?
Soul is an appealing car. We had one a couple of years ago for an extended period. We’d prefer the diesel, but it starts to take the car out of the realm of cheap motoring.
AT some point in the evolution of the Mini portfolio the designers started to reinterpret the new Mini rather than the original model.
The latest variation, the Mini Coupe, is a case in point, because it has little in common with the 1960s original designed by the late Sir Alec Issigonis.
The coupe is the fifth variation of the theme and the first two seater to bear the famous moniker.
Makes you wonder how many more they’ve got up their sleeve?
Mini’s masters BMW claim the coupe offers a depth of driving fun unmatched by any rival in the small car segment.
It will be available in 135kw S and 155kw John Cooper Works form.
The engines, chassis set-up, weight distribution and aerodynamic properties of the new model all serve the cause of optimum performance.
Making its debut, an active rear spoiler is integrated into the boot lid and pops up automatically when the car reaches a speed of 80km/h.
At maximum speed the spoiler provides 40kg of extra downforce.
With its contrasting coloured roof and odd,dd steppedt d rear end,d theth designd i isi sure to t polarise opinion.