A great review of a car that those of us in the US can only dream of getting, the MINI Cooper D.

>The latest MINI Cooper and Cooper S have earned a reputation built on the driving experience. MINIs last diesel effort, the 88 bhp One Diesel was almost the black sheep of the family. Whilst there was no denying its sharp handling characteristics shared with the rest of the last MINI range, there was a bit of a shortfall in the performance department.

>The biggest change can be found under the bonnet. Unlike the One D’s Toyota-sourced D-4D unit, the Cooper D is powered by a more powerful 1.6-litre turbo-diesel developed in association with PSA, Peugeot Citroen and Ford. And more importantly MINI’s sporty diesel has standard kit including electric windows and mirrors and the all-important chrome-plated grille.

[ MINI Cooper D Road Test ] Tiscali.co.uk

[ MINI Cooper D Gallery ] Tiscali.co.uk