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Roomier ride in the new Mini

The new Mini is a lot bigger, beefier and better finished

Published on Apr 26, 2014 11:58 AM

There is something strangely unfamiliar about the new Mini, and it takes me more than a day to figure out what it is.

It has nothing to do with the way the car looks. Despite a host of cosmetic changes that make its appearance sportier and more sophisticated, it is still recognisably and unmistakably Mini.

The 7mm addition in height is not apparent but the 121mm increase in length is - especially to rear occupants. But that is not it.

The cockpit is clearly different. Window controllers are now located on the door and the speedometer is now where most speedometers are, right in front of the driver along with the other gauges. But that is not it either.

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Price: $176,300 with COE

Engine: 1,998cc 16-valve inline-4 turbocharged

Transmission: Six-speed automatic with manual select

Power: 192bhp at 4,700rpm

Torque: 280Nm at 1,250-4,750rpm

0-100kmh: 6.7 seconds

Top speed: 233kmh

Fuel consumption: 5.4 litres/100km

Agent: Eurokars Habitat