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Mini Coupe: Test Drive Review

Date: 26 January 2012   |   Author: Jack Carfrae

Category: Sports
P11D price: £20,455
Key rival: Volkswagen Scirocco

Mini's onslaught of new models continues with the latest addition - the Coupe.

It's a love-it-or-loathe-it two-door variant, pitched as something of a halo product to the rest of the range.

The BMW-owned firm understands that take-up isn't likely to be huge - especially in the fleet sector - due to the practicality implications of its two-seat layout. Worth noting, though, is that, at 280 litres, the Coupe's boot is considerably larger than that of the hatchback, which musters only 160 litres with the rear seats in place.

There are also other practical features to compromise for the lack of seats, including boot netting and a small hatch that allows access to the boot from the cabin and enables the loading of long, thin luggage.

Most of the other engines in the range are available with the Coupe in addition to the 2.0-litre diesel unit in the SD tested here, although the cheaper and less powerful diesel has been dropped from this model line so as to imbue a more sporting presence.

To drive, it retains all the hallmarks of the hatchback - sharp, responsive handling - so it is at least entertaining. The Coupe has its drawbacks, though, namely a rough ride (it's claimed to be the most rigid-bodied Mini) and exceptionally poor rear visibility, made worse by the rear spoiler, which rises automatically at around 50mph.

An effective stop/start system comes as standard and the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, while noisy when revved, returns impressive figures for a sporting car - 65.7mpg and 114g/km - that keep it within the 13% BIK bracket, which is impressive for a performance-orientated coupe, especially one with a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds.

Good running costs and Mini's usual cast-iron residual values are attractive to business users, but that's about where the appeal ends. Two doors, two seats and strictly limited practicality and visibility means that, other than emotionally, there's little allure for the fleet community.

Mini Coupe SD 2.0 143
Model price range£16,640-£23,795
Residual value40%
Vehicle Excise Duty£115
National Insurance£1298
Cost Per Mile45.8p
Fuel consumption65.7mpg
CO2 (tax)114g/km (13%)
BIK 20/40% per month£44.3/£88.6
Service intervalVariable
Insurance (1-50)22
Boot space280 litres
Engine size/power1995/143hp
Top speed/0-62mph134mph/7.9secs
On saleNow
Score 7/10
VerdictStylish but adds
little to the Mini
hatchback’s abilities


Stylish but adds little to the Mini hatchback’s abilities