Which is the hot­ter hatch?

Top Gear (Malaysia) - - Drives -

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.

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