sgCarMart – The previous Cooper S was twitchy and tenacious (which were typical characteristics of a MINI) when you were in the mood for performance-oriented driving, but it could also be rather tiresome when you weren't.
Still, MINIs have always embodied what it stood for - exciting, energetic and edgy - and the latest MINI Cooper S (codenamed F56) continues this very essence without coming across as a typical three-door hatch that prioritises form over function.
In other words, shortcomings of this party-goer of a hatch, such as the lack of rear space, overly stiff setup and constant cabin rattle have been addressed. Plus, having a price tag of $176,300 (as of 9th May 2014) means it's marginally cheaper than the Golf GTI, the full fat 185bhp version of the Audi A1 Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 Sport. And that's an achievement BMW has successfully cleared.
But more relevantly, this car here has a bigger ambition. Underpinned by a new modular platform that will formulate not only the refreshed MINI lineup, it will also form the basis to the new generation of front-wheel drive Bimmers.
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