Also for 2017 you now press a button to start - none of that old fashioned key nonsense (I am sure I remember my first Mini had a push button start) - and the threecylinder EcoBoost fires fairly quietly into life - not as thrummy
as rivals unless pushed hard.
The engine is nice and thrummy
and has lots of character.
boxer engine has modest power and pull and a 13.7 seconds time for the standstill-to-60mph sprint says it all (choose the auto version and it takes nigh on 15 seconds).
Turn the key and the motor fires up before settling into a thrummy
, slightly unsettled idle.
It uses a nice sounding, thrummy
, 3-cylinder, 600cc engine, good enough to keep the smart easily up on motorway pace - top speed is regulated to 85 mph.
With its thrummy
and very willing three cylinder 998cc petrol engine the little five door hatch zips along and feels just as at home at the motorway limit as it is on city streets.
The engine has a lovely thrummy
noise when you rev it that sounds unlike any other engine.
It feels confident enough on the motorway, where longer gearing keeps the noise down from the thrummy
little diesel as well as helping it on its way to amazing fuel economy.