Minis are great cars, if you like the way they do things. Automatic gearboxes are also great in their own ways, but an auto in a Mini? Surely not, thou doth protest.
But sure enough, here is a five-door Mini Cooper with what should normally be the last option box you'd ever want to tick – a six-speed automated manual cog whisk. Time to see whether this unusual combination is a match made in heaven or just pure blasphemy.
Looks and image
The elongated silhouette of the Mini 5dr is, whether BMW likes it or not, rather reminiscent of the old Austin Maxi. But the latest crash safety regulations have raised the bonnet and inflated the bodywork to give impressive passenger and pedestrian protection.
As far as image goes, the Force is still strong with Mini despite all sorts of rival cars...