Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Just been Cooper’D … by a diesel
You certainly won’t be embarrassed to fill up at the pumps with its seductive, playful looks. Piercing headlights, a simple yet satisfying shape, the dominant look is still -as it always has been- open for personalisation. Plus the added luxury of knowing your full tank will do 65.7mpg combined: not bad for a sporty hatchback, when its petrol partner, Cooper S will do only 48.7mpg. Producing only 114g/km CO2 emissions, road tax certainly won’t be an issue either.
As a Mini driver myself, I was inspired by the SD. Achieving 0-62 in 8.1 seconds and reaching a top speed of 134mph - only 1.1seconds slower than the petrol S that will reach 142mph, and a substantial amount faster than the standard Cooper D – I was thrown back into my seat after touching the accelerator pedal just slightly. In fourth gear at 50mph, the engine response is remarkable due to the amount of torque. Not forgetting the little power button when it’s needed. Where speed is concerned, control and handling is essential. And the SD stood its ground. Gentle and responsive steering, I felt completely in control. When you need it, the secret racer within can easily be unleashed, along with huge amounts of pleasure. For those sensible days, the SD offers a smooth comfortable journey, along with an added luxury option of cruise control and heated seats.
Although it may not look any different, the SD is in disguise – Guaranteed to put a smile on your face – the SD is a sensation to drive. Full of surprises. Full of character. Full of diesel!
By Sophie Williamson