The Mini Coupe has bags of style and is fun to drive. Unlike all other Minis, it's more affordable than its major competitors.
The fact it only has two seats will rule it out for some and the car is noisy on the motorway. The dashboard is annoyingly fussy, too.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
You can choose from a range of 1.6-litre petrol engines and a 2.0-litre diesel. The petrols range from the 121bhp Cooper, through the 181bhp Cooper S, and finish up with the spitfire 208bhp John Cooper Works. All deliver plenty of punch, but we reckon the turbocharged 181bhp engine in the S best suits the feisty character of the car. The diesel doesn’t feel anywhere near as quick.
Ride & Handling
On standard suspension the Coupe handles sharply and the ride should be (just about) smooth enough for most drivers. The diesel version doesn’t feel as sharp as the rest, though, because it has twitchier steering. The JCW has firmer suspension settings, which makes it even sharper in the bends - it's a real hoot, in fact. That makes you forgive the harsher ride.
Road noise enters the cabin on most surfaces and there’s a lot of wind noise at motorway speeds. The petrol engines only add to the irritating din when you’re cruising, but they sound great when you work them. The diesel is more refined than it is in other Minis, but you're still subjected to too much noise and vibration.