Mini moves to coupe

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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.

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