All-in-all it is impressive how well the new DCT automatic integrates. It provides a noticeable difference in performance and costs no more than the old six-speed option did. The only drawback for the time being is that there’s no option to add paddle shifters. However, given this gearbox is shared with the BMW X1, that SUV’s ‘sports automatic’ option will likely be passed onto the Mini range in due course, which gets two paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
But does Mini’s new DCT better the Volkswagen Group’s dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox, as seen in the Seat Ibiza and VW Polo? It’s close, but we’re not sure it does. There’s no doubt, though, that this new DCT makes an automatic Mini a more enticing prospect now than it ever has done previously.
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Mini Cooper D DCT 5dr
Price £19,325 Engine 3cyl, 1496cc, diesel Power 114bhp at 4000rpm Torque 199lb ft at 1750-2200rpm Gearbox 7-spd automatic 0-62mph 9.6sec Top speed 126mph Official economy 72.4mpg CO2, tax band 102g/km, 21%
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