The new Mini has grown compared to its predecessor, now sitting on an entirely new platform dubbed UKL1. Not only will this underpin the inevitable Mini spin-offs over the coming years, but also a new generation of smaller, front-wheel drive BMWs.
It facilitates the Mini’s larger interior and greater boot volume, though its effects on the car’s styling are less favourable – the longer front overhang and tall bonnet line are an acquired taste, before you even get to the wide-mouthed grille and large rear light lenses – all stylistic touches unrelated to the car’s new platform.
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In terms of layout, the new Mini’s suspension is identical in principle to that of the last two cars, with struts at the front and a multi-link axle at the rear. The Cooper gets 15-inch alloy wheels as standard, with 16s and 17s available as factory options.