Maxi fun with Mini: Cooper 3Dr and Convertible

The Mini Cooper 3Dr and Convertible (right) come with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission controlled by a shift lever, which allows quick, fussless, stepless gear changes.
The Mini Cooper 3Dr and Convertible (right) come with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission controlled by a shift lever, which allows quick, fussless, stepless gear changes.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG
The new shift lever operates like a joystick.
The new shift lever operates like a joystick.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG

The revised Mini Cooper 3Dr and Convertible retain much of the British marque's famed fun despite modern tweaks

In a world overrun by sport utility vehicles and crossovers, it is a good feeling to be behind the wheel of a tarmac-hugging number. And as trite as it may sound, no one builds cars that love the road as much as Mini.

The line-up of the BMW-owned British make has been refreshed, with various changes which give its cars a more modern look and which alter their driving characteristics.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2018, with the headline 'Maxi fun with Mini'. Print Edition | Subscribe