Half a century on from the Mini’s seismic debut on Britain’s roads, the latest offering to proudly possess the name is still making waves.
This sporty all-new soft-top version of BMW’s 21st century take on the MINI comes with guaranteed performance, frugality and masses of that most intangible element, image.
The Cooper will cost just under £16k, do 123mph and almost 50 to the gallon; for the Cooper S, read £19k, 138mph and 44mpg. They’ll hit the showrooms in late March and will be built entirely in the UK.
MM verdict: the surest winner since Barack Obama.