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 makes the car feel reasonably quick and pretty flexible, although the Clubman’s extra bulk means it lacks the fizz-factor that we’ve come to expect from S-designated Minis. The Cooper D, on the other hand, is an absolute peach. Producing 148bhp, it’s by no means the most powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine we’ve encountered, but it’s certainly one of the best. Flexible, free-revving, creamy smooth and impressively hushed, it pulls 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. The Cooper SD we tried, which was combined with four-wheel drive and the eight-speed auto, was a lot less convincing. It’s a little brisker than the Cooper with 188bhp, but it’s also a lot noisier, and the gearbox’s desire to engage high ratios in order to save fuel causes the engine to shudder uncomfortably and annoyingly for too much of the time.