Cor­ner­ing king

Any talk of the nim­ble, new Mini would be in­com­plete with­out men­tion­ing the im­pres­sive ad­vance­ment on the tech­nol­ogy side

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Mini re­cently re­vamped its three-door, five-door and hatch ranges with a sin­gu­lar goal – to con­tinue its long­stand­ing tra­di­tion of of­fer­ing su­perb ride qual­ity, while al­low­ing this premium car to make a bold styling state­ment. In fact, the new Mini wants you to “ex­plore more cor­ners” – some­thing I was for­tu­nate enough to do at a re­cent launch in Cape Town.

From all an­gles, the new Mini makes a pro­gres­sive state­ment with its fresh vis­ual ap­pear­ance. Its new cir­cu­lar head­lights are more ex­pres­sive and cus­tomers have the op­tion of fit­ting LED light­ing that au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just their bright­ness to road con­di­tions. An­other deft move has been the ad­di­tion of the Union Jack mo­tif in­side the rear lights, clearly em­pha­sis­ing the car’s Bri­tish ori­gins. Even the Mini logo’s been re­freshed.

In­side, as you’d ex­pect from this com­pact premium car, leather seats are plush and the fea­tures on the dash­board nifty and user-friendly, mak­ing nav­i­ga­tion on the road easy and the drive more en­joy­able. Other new fea­tures for the three-door and five-door in­clude the Ch­ester leather trim in Malt Brown and a colour line, now also avail­able in Malt Brown.

Then there’s the in­no­va­tive Mini Yours Cus­tomised pro­gramme, which al­lows own­ers to cus­tomise their own scut­tles, dec­o­ra­tive strips for the cock­pit fas­cia, LED door-sill fin­ish­ers and LED door pro­jec­tors. These cus­tomised prod­ucts, which are easy to fit in the car at home, can be se­lected, de­signed and or­dered through https://yours-cus­

Per­for­mance-wise, the en­gines in the three-door, five-door and con­vert­ible have been over­hauled to boost driv­ing plea­sure and re­duce fuel con­sump­tion. Dur­ing the drive from Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port to Paarl and then Con­stan­tia, all the claims about the car’s su­pe­rior ride qual­ity were jus­ti­fied. It’s a ve­hi­cle for the im­age-con­scious and young at heart who don’t want to com­pro­mise on taste, fun or style.

The range of body fin­ishes avail­able for the car vari­a­tions in­cludes three vari­ants: Emer­ald Grey, Starlight Blue and So­laris Or­ange Metal­lic.

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