Auto Express pits the R56 MCS against the best that Renault, Ford and VW have to offer on some of the UKs twistiest roads.
>Competition in the hot hatch market has reached boiling point ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬” and thereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s no better way to find out if the MINI can take the lead in the pocket rocket race than to square it up against RenaultÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s thrilling Clio 197. Taut, muscular and with carefully honed suspension, itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s more mature than before, but hasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t lost its sense of fun.
>ThatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s not all, though. Hot hatch buyers are spoilt for choice, so we stepped up a class in our search for the best. The Ford Focus ST and VW Golf GTI will test every aspect of the MINIÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s performance. So which is the best hot hatch money can buy? Read our 24-hour shoot-out for the answer.
Of course, the MINI took the number 1 spot.
>The clever thing about the MINI is how accessible it is for all drivers. Its immediacy means itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s thrilling at all speeds, yet unlike the challenging Renault, itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s never intimidating ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬” just a huge helping of fun
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