Mini Cooper SD (2014): 104g/km CO2 with 0-62mph in 7.2sec

Published: 10 June 2014

Mini confirmed the Cooper SD was coming when it unveiled the new-for-2014, five-door maxi Mini last week. But now it has issued the full spec and details of the Cooper SD and the entry-level Mini One First.

The 2014 Cooper SD is the most powerful diesel Mini ever, says Munich, and the 2.0-litre four-pot TD develops a stout 168bhp. That’s as much as a first-generation petrol-powered Mini Cooper S.

Mini Cooper SD (2014): spec and data

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder breathes through twin turbos and common-rail injection to achieve its maximum grunt of 266lb ft. Maximum torque is available from just 1500rpm, suggesting this will be a rapid real-world car.

We just hope that they solve the refinement issue which made the last Mini Cooper SD a bit of a rattler; it never quite achieved the finesse of the petrol Cooper S smoothie.

The new 2014-spec Mini Cooper SD will accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.3sec, says Mini – dropping to 7.2sec if you order the six-speed Steptronic automatic ‘box.

The big attraction of the new Mini Cooper SD is the way it blends performance with parsimony. Combined economy stands at 70.6mpg, while CO2 stretches between 104g/km for the auto to 106g/km for the manual. Be warned when you’re speccing your wheels; bigger rims nibble away at the CO2 figures by a few points.

Mini One First details

As well as the Mini Cooper SD, the company also today confirms the first details of the Mini One First. The new name ushers in the three-cylinder petrol engine, detuned to 74bhp and 148lb ft from its 1.2 litres.

Key figures for the new 2014 Mini One First are 0-62mph in 12.8sec, 56.5mpg and 117g/km of CO2. Gone are the days when the cheapest model generally had the cleanest figures.

Both new Mini models will go on sale in July 2014, bringing the range of engines in the third-generation Mini family to four petrol and three diesel units.

By Tim Pollard

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