Although originally manufactured as a small car to be used by the masses for basic economical transportation, the Mini Cooper has, over time, evolved into an icon of high automobile fashion.
Launched in India in completely-built-up (CBU) form and hence subject to full import duty, the Mini range starts at Rs 25.8 lakh for the Cooper hatchback and Rs 28.6 lakh for the souped-up Cooper S featured here. Although the Indian buyer traditionally associates steeper prices with size, things are slowly changing. With growing appreciation and understanding of luxury products and BMW (Mini’s owner) well-established in India, Mini isn’t starting its Indian innings from scratch.
So what makes the Cooper S special? Does it have the go to match the show? Does it have a practical side? We had to drive it on our favourite, and not-so-favourite, roads to find out.
Thanks to its light kerb weight and not-so-large turbocharged engine, the Mini was able to return 9.5kpl in typical city driving and 13.5kpl cruising on the highway. But driving the Mini with a heavy throttle foot, we witnessed the fuel economy nosedive to close to 5kpl.