A guide to the Mini Cooper Coupe

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If you were considering a mini as a family car you should probably steer clear of the Cooper Coupe as this is very much a couple’s or single person’s sports version of the iconic original.

Although some purists may have been put off by the design, this latest iteration of the model seems to be largely popular with critics.

Who is it designed for?

According to Autocar, the Mini Cooper Coupe’s marketing people predict that most owners will be male. Whether or not this is the case still remains to be seen, but the fact it has no rear seat means it is obviously limited to a driver and his or her passenger.

Space, though, is not an issue as the people at Mini are keen to point out. They state that the boot will comfortably house two golf bags.

What Car awarded the Mini Cooper Coupe three stars – out of a possible five – for ‘space and practicality’ and states that the while it only has two seats “each is surrounded by lots of head and leg room”.

The boot can be accessed via a hatch behind the seats which is handy if you want to grab something from the back when you’re inside the car. It holds 280 litres worth of luggage, which is a decent amount for a small car.

Writing in the Telegraph, Andrew English states that the boot is “impressively large”.

Power

If you’re looking for a car with power that feels strong enough to be thrown about a bit, you may have found your answer with the mini Cooper Coupe.

You don’t have to commit to buying outright either if you consider Mini contract hire and leasing.

Journalist John Simister wrote a review in Autocar which suggested that the Coupe performed well around the test route. “The Coupe’s structure feels incredibly robust,” he said.

What Car gives the Mini Cooper Coupe four out of five stars for ‘ride and handling’. On the standard suspension, it states that the “coupe handles sharply”.

Customers can choose between the 121bhp Cooper which is the entry-level petrol version, the 181bhp Cooper S, which What Car states has “proper hot-hatch pace,” or the John Cooper Works faster model.

Anyone who prefers diesel will be able to get hold of the 141bhp Cooper SD although What Car warns it is not as “fast or sharp” as the petrol versions.

The Telegraph’s Andrew English agrees describing the diesel version as “lacklustre apart from economy”.

What’s included as standard?

Unlike some cars where everything seems to come as ‘extras’, the Mini Coupe Cooper comes with air-con, parking sensors, alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel and DAB digital radio at no additional cost.

Fun to drive

Autocar describes the Mini Cooper Coupe as “indulgently entertaining”.

What Car states that this iteration has “bags of style and is fun to drive“.

Erin Baker, head of motoring at the Telegraph, describes the 1.6-litre petrol engine as a “fabulous unit” and suggests “gear changes are a delight” on this model.

Andrew English agrees that the petrol version of the car is “well put together and fun to drive” and is the “fastest and most sporting Mini so far”.

Verdict

So, it seems that if you are looking for a two-seater which packs a punch and is enjoyable to drive, the petrol version of the Mini Cooper Coupe could be for you.