MINI One D — Road Test

16 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on MINI One D — Road Test
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FOUR SHORT weeks we put the John Cooper Works S through its paces we found taking delivery of a MINI One D. as it did, hard on the heels of the exuberant Works car, it be easy to think that the One D ‘ t be able to hold a to its breathtaking brother in the entertainment

But, no. Half a day into our test #151; after a hot hatch on a particularly challenging section of our usual test #151; we rediscovered the MINI’s secret. Its competent and user-friendly

Sure, the Euro IV compliant D has 88bhp to play with. But its set of six ratios (taken from the S) are nicely matched to a generous of torque #151; 141lb ft at

A skilled competition driver told me that the best car in to learn to drive was a Fiat Why? Because you have to all of its abilities to make progress.

the trick in a tiny Fiat and be able to feel out and exploit the and weaknesses of every subsequent car you be it a bog-standard hatch or a 600bhp

This brings us back to the One D, the model to make it into the family. With one in three new now diesel-powered, it was hardly surprising MINI should field a player in its team. The MINI has been available since 2003 but the latest version appeared in September 2005, as here, is a more powerful and car #151; a serious alternative to its brother.

Externally it’s not much from its siblings, with a stylised ‘D’ on its boot to let you which pump to pull up at. Not you’ll be doing much of as even caned rather it still manages to sip rather slurp the diesel. Officially, good for 48.7, 58.9 and respectively for town, combined and driving.

We don’t doubt less devilish owners us here at MotorBar will BMW’s official figures on journeys with 50mpg in and a touring range of over 600 easily achievable. Put another that will get you from the of Skye to the Isle of Wight on a tank of diesel.

Even our hard-charging road test, One D delivered an overall combined of a credit card-friendly 50.4mpg a best of 57.6mpg. Hard-charging in a Well, yes.

The unit in the One D is happy and willing enough to it from standstill to 62mph in seconds (it feels quicker!). And on to an maximum speed of 109mph. Of it’s helped by an efficient

The One D exhibits the same family of all the other MINIs. Okay, so not a Cooper S #151; but it’s eminently chuckable. And the sporty wieldy go-kart handling and responsiveness are all present and correct in the model.

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And there’s no skimping on the either. Standard items smart low-slung cloth electric front windows and mirrors, power steering, with 6 speakers, a tyre indicator, rev-counter with temperature display, tinted remote locking, ISOFIX seat attachment, height-adjustable seat and steering wheel, ‘drive off’ central ‘follow me home’ delay a rear wash/wipe and an easy function for quick access to the 50:50 split folding seats that really do two adults.

Neither has MINI sparing with the safety One Ds are fully paid-up members of The Preservation Society with ABS discs all round, ventilated at the an Automatic Stability Control and system, Electronic Braking Cornering Brake Control, a sensor and front as well as airbags for the driver and front all as standard along with a Euro NCAP safety You have to agree, that’s a serving of kit for an on-the-road price of

Run flat tyres, a head system that extends the A- to the C-pillar and Dynamic Stability are all available as options.

Being a it’s taken as read it’s an appealing car. It as dapper as any other MINI, Cooper S side sills, in body colour and matt door mirror housings, a air intake in its front bumper for the and quality feel chrome-plated door handles. If you want just watch the faces of strangers as they pass by and see that quick smile of that MINIs tend to wherever they go.

Also the is the by now iconic MINI interior. might favour the simpler of the One D’s fascia over the look of the higher specified with its centrally-mounted speedometer and immediately ahead of the driver on the column #151; a reminder driving enjoyment isn’t all top speed, but also well-timed shifts and available power. The anthracite finishes #151; to the centre console and door #151; look particularly

Start up, and from inside the there’s no real giveaway under the clamshell bonnet a diesel heart. The all-aluminium 1.4-litre powerplant is a sweet number with enough to vividly recall ‘The Job’ when driven a determined right foot. and third provide real

Cog-swapping can be kept to a minimum, to the torquey engine that maximum pulling power 1,800 and 3,000rpm. And the gear smooth and positive change is good enough for changing to be an important part of the fun. say the acid test for a diesel is you know you are driving one.

behind the MINI D’s leather-rim steering wheel you tell. And I didn’t think say that when we were for it to arrive.

While it’s at home its driver may take it, the One D is a particularly motorway car. Thanks to a #151; effectively an overdrive sixth gear, journeys are and relaxed as well as economical. The is supple #151; even on blacktop #151; and town is a doddle, thanks to the MINI’s agility.

Plus there are seats with the option of increasing load space 150 to 670 litres) simply by folding one or of the rear backrests.

All of which the D a practical #151; as well as a entertaining #151; car to own. For a number of drivers, a MINI One D in the will be a match made in and Thoroughly Usable #151; in sense of the word.

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