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Meantime, as for impressions, so far I’ve only driven it nine miles back to our flat, stuck a parking pass in the window and left it alone on the mean streets of Barnes – but the engine is punchy and the interior feels genuinely special at night, while the ride is a tad tough (so thank goodness it doesn’t have the optional run-flats) and there’s no way I’m going to get near the official fuel consumption figure around London.
What surprised us though, is that the front bumper seems to have a different design compared to the hardtop. Sure, the overall styling looks close but there are more differences included in the mix than we might’ve expected.
For BMW, the five-door Mini Cooper was a gamble. Clearly, it’s played a winning hand by showing that you can cede ground to the practical and carpool friendly brigade and still come up with a ride that appeals to the most ardent Mini fan. To which we say, borrowing a leaf from The Great Gatsby: “Mini Cooper, you always had our curiosity, but now you have our attention.”
love:mini reports X-Raid Team Member Michel Perin has retired:
Michel Périn made his decision to retire from active motorsport. But the French navigator continues his partnership with X-raid as consultant and mentor for navigators and drivers as well as advisory in FIA matters for the Trebur based team. Périn achieved four Dakar victories during his career – his last one in 2014 with Nani Roma in a MINI ALL4 Racing.