Mini Cooper S – iStore Instameet2015

– Editor : Jason “The Bok” – Date: 11 June 2015

Having just spent the day behind the wheel of the epic 2015 Mini Cooper S, its safe for me to say, that this spritely English hatch still feels like a go-kart. Coupling this with using Apple’s iPhone 6 made this a very exciting and memorable day.

S Badge
Nothing is better than a car that evokes a sense of being a kid again, and few do it better than Mini. I drove all round Cape Town, and loved the way that the Cooper S hugs all the bends, and keeps you well assured, that no matter how hard you push, it will not let go. 
 
Start-Stop
With its automatic gearbox, you have either the option of a relaxed, no effort auto mode, a choice of changing up or down with the shifter, and finally my choice while driving, its paddles! Not only does it shift well, its turbocharged engine is no slouch either, and this found me blasting up past Table Mountain.
 
In Car
Through my journey I also thoroughly enjoyed the packed picnic basket, and loved the relaxed beach vibe of seeing Hout Bay in the exciting hatch.
PicNic
 
The tech within the vehicle is not bad either. It features full-on keyless go, and when holding onto its lovely round key fob, you step into a world of quality materials, and comfort. The central infotainment display is 6.5″ and displays everything form your media selection, to BMW Connected Drive, which allows Facebook, Twitter and other social media to be displayed on-screen. The infotainment display also features the cars service manual, a very nice little touch, and one which is very convenient.
Steering Wheel
 The Specs: 
Output 141 kW @ 4,700 – 6,000 rpm
Max. torque/engine speed 280 Nm @ 1250 rpm
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 6.8 [6.7] s
Top speed 235 [233] km/h
Flexibility 80-120 km/h (4th/5th gear) / 6.4 s
Fuel consumption (combined) 5.9[5.5] l/100 km
CO2 emissions 138[127] g/km
Unladen weight (EU) 1,160 [1,175] / 1,235 [1,250] kg
Gross vehicle mass (GVM, kg) 1,640 [1,655] kg
Permitted roof load 60 kg
Boot space (min.-max.) 211 litres
Tank capacity 44l
Dimensions LxBxH 3,850 / 1,727 / 1,415 mm
 
On the whole, the Mini Cooper S is a serious performer.
 
Check out my video review of this exciting vehicle:
 

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