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Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 1600
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Engine size 2000
Engine size 1998
Engine size 1995
Engine size 1499
The third generation MINI Cooper S is a properly credible hot hatch in its 'F56' (3-Door) and 'F55' (5-Door) Hatch forms, which we first saw in 2014. With these cars, we realised that this model could be more than merely a very quick but fashionable urban trinket. Its bigger, harder-hitting 2.0-litre engine and a more talented chassis deliver plenty of fun as you power to 62mph in 6.8 seconds to the tune of a blissfully cheeky exhaust note. This design proved to be a more mature thing too, better built than any of its rivals and with more sophisticated underpinnings that are better suited to longer journeys. In short, this car came of age in this form. But how does it stack up as a used buy?
We can all argue about whether this generation F56/F55-series Cooper S Hatch is as pretty a car as its predecessor, but there can be no doubt that it was a better all-rounder. It's more spacious, better built, features some fascinating technical features and seems to have been engineered to offer more driving fun on one hand and lower bills on the other.
Just make sure you get a car whose original owner specced it right, with extras like the Driving Modes system and the Variable damping. You might want to avoid examples fitted with larger wheels that bring a crashy ride and automatic gearboxes that detract from the connected feel.
Yes, you could pay the same kind of money and buy a more conventional supermini-based hot hatch. Perhaps the purer, more focused Fiesta ST. Or the more comfortable and relaxing Peugeot 208 GTI. This Cooper S though, arguably delivers an appealing compromise between the two - and feels much more special while it's doing it. It's a MINI to the max. And that's always a tempting thing.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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