So far, we’ve tried the most powerful Cooper S petrol and the diesel-powered Cooper D and Cooper SD cars. The 2.0-litre S delivers 189bhp, and it gives the car every ounce of fizz-factor that we’ve come to expect from S-designated Minis, because acceleration is strong, smooth and readily available. There’s even more sparkle when you select the ‘Sport’ driver mode due to sharper throttle responses, and you’re also treated to a slightly meaner temperament, including a few pops and bangs from the exhaust. The Cooper SD, however, isn’t so appealing. Yes, it makes the car fairly fast, but the power delivery doesn’t have that frenetic, always-up-for-it nature that’s essential in a Mini, and it’s pretty noisy, too. The less powerful Cooper D, on the other hand, is an absolute peach. It only produces 148bhp, but it’s flexible, free-revving, creamy smooth and impressively hushed. What’s more, it pulls really strongly and feels a whole lot more powerful than its relatively modest output suggests. An eight-speed automatic transmission is available as an option, and to its credit, it delivers smooth, rapid shifts. However, unless you can’t bear the thought of pumping a clutch pedal, we’d stick with sweet-shifting manual six-speeder; its short-throw-action and precise weighting are beautifully synchronised and wonderfully engaging.