A peppy little thing

Wong C W
9 Jul 2014
 

Introduction

I always have had great experiences driving a Mini. It may be tempting to reduce the company’s marketing claims as mere spiel, but Minis are truly unique, especially in the way they can go down a good road. The short wheelbase, low centre of gravity and light weight ensures that great handling remains a stronghold of Mini ownership. Mini themselves know this, which is why their Sport mode has been described as giving a ‘maximum go-kart feel’ on the all-new infotainment system, and why they have a graphic of a Mini floating above a go-kart in their brochure.

However, while drivers may have it good in a Mini, passengers may think otherwise. Previous generations under the stewardship of BMW Group, the R53 and R56, were hard riding cars, aggravated by their small size. Passengers felt every bump on the road and those relegated to the rear grieved more, coping with limited legroom.

Now, the new Mini has grown, measuring 3.82 metres (3.85 metres for the Cooper S) bumper to bumper.  This means more interior space, including a whopping increase of 51 litres in the boot size to 211 litres. It’s without a doubt that the F56 Mini has grown up, especially when you compare its size to its forebears. Can we still recognise it as a typical Mini behind the wheel?


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1499cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 3
Compression Ratio 11:1
Bore x Stroke (82 x 94.6)mm
Power 136bhp @ 4500rpm
Torque 220Nm @ 1250rpm
Power to Weight 114.3 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 210 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 20.4 km/L
Drag Coefficient 2.800

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3821 x 1727 x 1414) mm
Wheelbase 2495 mm
Turning Circle 5.4 metres
Kerb Weight 1190 kg
Boot Capacity 211 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 731 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 40 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs