Mini Cooper S vs Ford Fiesta ST
As the Fiesta becomes the best-selling UK car of all-time, here it is in action in Wales...
Posted: 24 Jul 2014
It might look familiar, but the new Mini - or new new Mini - is a completely different car to the one it replaces. Not a single body panel is carried over. It has a new range of engines, so the Cooper S's 1.6-litre is replaced by this 2.0-litre turbo. It has a longer front end and a new face with a couple of tusk-like air intakes under its chin. The sides are more chunkily surfaced, and the rear lights are now the size of horse saddles, in an effort to disguise the inflated proportions of the rest of the car. Inside the changes are greater. The speedo has migrated to the correct position in front of your eyes, while the central circle it vacates now houses a ring of glowing - and slightly naff - lights that frame the info screen. The mushroom stalk that controlled all the infotainment stuff is replaced by BMW's iDrive wheel.