Which is the hotter hatch?
This (barely) facelifted Mini’s 2.0-litre turbo four-pot sticks at 189bhp. It’s the polar opposite to the Ford’s keen, zingy motor, though, lethargic to rev and strained-sounding. The Mini’s lumpen. More cumbersome than the dancing ST. It’s a comfier town car, but where’s the fun gone? All ST grades, sensibly titled 1, 2 or 3, add varying levels of technogarnish to an identically brilliant powertrain. The 1.5-litre triple is good for 197bhp and 278Nm, and speccing the Performance Pack adds a subtly effective mechanical front differential for a traction advantage.