The new 6spd gearbox was, I felt, a bit notchy at times – but I want to test it in Ireland before saying anything definitive.
Again though, I was really impressed with the amount of pull the engine managed in higher gears at lower speeds.
To go with that, the Cooper was rock-solid stable under heavy braking and cornering – and absorbed a month's supply of potholes with ease in the process.
Just the sort of driving to make you want to drive more.
Which, as I said at the start, is what a MINI is supposed to do.
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