XCar, a UK based video review program found solely on Youtube had a chance to drive the new F56 Cooper S manual – something we have yet to do. Results seem positive – with quality, engine responsiveness and shifting being called out specifically.

While they don’t believe it’s as focused (no pun intended) as the Fiesta ST, it’s clearly a better car in their eyes. We haven’t driven the ST yet but we’d expect it to out sport the new Cooper S by the nature of what the Cooper S is and what the ST is trying to be. And after all that’s what the JCW will be for.

Check out the full video after the break.