Our cars: Mini Coupe - May

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Mini Coupe
Mini Coupe
Mini Coupe John Cooper Works

Week ending May 25
Mileage 11,600
Driven this week: 400 miles

Mini Coupe review

The Mini took me on a trip to Malvern last week, where I visited the HQ of British carmaker Morgan, and drove three of the firm’s models. Sports cars in the sunshine – days at work don’t get much better than that.

I was surprised to find that one of the cars I drove, the £100,000 Aero Coupe (the white one in the middle), had some very familiar looking parts. I’m convinced that the door pulls were the same as the ones in my JCW, and I’m pretty sure that the xenon headlamps are Mini ones, too.

It’s no real surprise when the Aero gets its engine and gearbox from BMW, but it’s still quite bizarre to think that parts of my car are also used on a supercar costing six figures.

My trip also reminded me just why I love the Mini so much, because when the day of tearing around in Morgans was done, I had just as much fun on the drive home.


Ivan's Mini Coupe on video

Week ending May 11
Mileage 11,380
Driven this week: 200 miles

I was stuck in traffic on the M25 the other morning and a woman in a car next to me blew me a kiss! Now, I'm old enough to realise it was the Mini Coupe that caught her eye and not me. The car attracts admiring looks every time you drive it.

I'd been at a dinner held by Vauxhall in a posh country hotel the previous evening and I'd been admiring the car's looks in the hotel car park just before I headed onto the motorway.

The stylish Mini didn't look out of place in the rolling parkland of the hotel's grounds, it's great fun to drive yet comfortable enough for your passenger and the boot has enough room for a couple of bags. The perfect car for a weekend getaway – provided your partner can handle the car getting all the admiring glances and the driver the odd blown kiss.


Weeke ending May 4
Mileage 11,200
Driven this week: 100 miles

We keep detailed records of how much fuel we put in our long-term test cars, so that we can accurately gauge what sort of fuel economy we’re getting. I’ve recently totted up the Mini’s.

Our worst on a tank so far has been 26.4mpg, and our best 34.7mpg. Overall, we’ve averaged 30.5mpg over our 11,000 miles in the car.

Granted, that doesn’t quite tally with what the trip computer is telling us, but it’s never a surprise when the readout turns out to be optimistic. We'll be putting the car through our What Car? True MPG tests soon, and I'll be interested to see what figure it achieves.

On the face of it, our 30.5mpg average sounds pretty thirsty. However, it’s not all that far behind Mini’s claimed figure of 39.8mpg, and when you consider how much power it’s got and how hard I’ve been driving it (let’s face it, I haven’t exactly been hanging about), it starts to look like a fairly decent return.


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