Mini cooper sd review uk dating

Mini cooper sd review uk dating

Fortunately, this newfound maturity doesn't come at the expense of the driving fun that Mini is famous for. Only the gearshift disappoints slightly - it doesn't like to be rushed. Hit several bumps in succession and it also rocks from side to side much more than a Seat Ateca would.

Whichever version you goThat said the seats are supportive

You can just about fit three across the rear, helped by there only being a small lump in the middle of the floor to straddle, and lots of room under the front seats to tuck your feet.

Mini Countryman review – we drive the most massive Mini yet

Finally the One

Whichever version you go for, the Mini grips well in corners, and its steering really encourages you to attack bends because it's sharp and precise. That said, the seats are supportive, and there is plenty of adjustment in the steering wheel, so finding a good driving position is easy. Finally, the One, Cooper, Cooper S and Cooper D models have a new, optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as a self-shifting alternative to the standard-fit six-speed manual. That a good eight-speed automatic gearbox is available on most models is also to be commended. True, the steering ultimately lacks feedback, but it is never anything less than direct, and you can add more weight to it by putting the car into Sport mode.

The heater controls, which are housed in a separate row of buttons, are also tricky to decipher at a glance. Up front is similarly spacious for occupants, and in addition to numerous cubby holes there is a decent glovebox. The line-up of petrol and diesel engines are shared with the rest of the Mini range, and most models of the Countryman are available with four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. And we suspect that opting for smaller wheels would benefit ride comfort and noise levels.