Mini Coupe v Peugeot RCZ v Audi TT
Does the new baseball-capped coupe rekindle the Mini mojo? Sam Philip reports...
Posted: 08 Nov 2011
A couple of years ago, Middlesbrough was
ranked as the worst place to live in the UK
– presumably only because the researchers never saw my second-year student flat – and
it provides a backdrop that would make even the Ssangyong Rodius look appealing.
Unfortunately for the Coupe, we’re judging it against rather stiffer competition than a couple of rusty cranes. More specifically, we’re judging it against the Audi TT and Peugeot RCZ. That’s some mean opposition: the RCZ is the best-looking, best-driving Peugeot in a decade (no ‘best singer in Jedward’ jokes, please) and our reigning Coupe of the Year, while the TT needs little introduction. Forget the tanning salon vibe of the original 1998 design: now in its second generation, the compact Audi is a proper driver’s car.