The Cooper D is set to be the big seller in the MINI 5-door range, and you don’t need to cast your eye too far down the spec sheet to find out why. With economy and emissions of 78.5mpg and 97g/km (74.3mpg and 99g/km for the auto) it’s exempt from road tax and should cost pennies to run.
What’s remarkable though is that low fuel consumption hasn’t come at the expense of fun. The new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbodiesel under the bonnet produces 114bhp and 270Nm of torque – enough to cover 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds and hit 126mph, but in practice it feels even faster than that.
The design won’t be to everyone’s taste, but overall, MINI has done well to gently stretch the MINI and squeeze in an extra pair of doors. We prefer the softer front end on the Cooper and Cooper D models, to the squarer-jaw grafted onto the Cooper S and Cooper SD, but if it’s maximum aggression you’re after a Sport Pack will be offered from November so you can get the look without the fuel bills.