MINI One D | Part Two

Packing a Punch - Latest Diesel Technology

MINI One D is a small diesel car that thinks like a big car. By using the latest all aluminium lightweight diesel engine with direct injection common rail technology, the MINI One D is able to keep weight to a minimum and power to the maximum. With a torque figure of 180Nm at just 2,000rpm, this little car punches above its weight when it matters - high torque at low revs making it the ideal car for city driving. Add into the equation outstanding fuel economy, 58.9 mpg on the combined cycle, a choice of six gears and a top speed of 103 mph and the MINI One D adds up to a diesel that sets new standards in its class.

From the exterior the new MINI One D stands out from the MINI One through its model designation at the rear, side sills carried over from the MINI Cooper S, a front panel with larger air intakes for the intercooler, and the tailpipe covered by the rear skirt. Inside, the MINI One D follows the classic but modern look of the rest of the MINI family. The MINI One D also benefits from the addition of an external temperature display incorporated into the rev counter which is fitted as standard on the MINI One D.

Safety and security remain high on the MINI One D's agenda. Due to the classic diesel trait of high torque at low revs, Automatic Stability Control + Traction (ASC+T), is fitted as standard to prevent wheelspin on slippery surfaces. As with all MINIs, four airbags, four disc brakes, Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) come as standard kit, making it one of the safest cars in its class as proved by its achievement of four stars in the demanding EURO NCAP crash test.

Finding a 'standard' MINI, or indeed any two MINIs that are exactly the same, is like finding a needle in a haystack. With literally tens of thousands of option combinations possible, MINI owners have embraced the opportunity to be individual with most customers spending an average of 18 per cent of the value of the car on options. Standard levels of equipment on the MINI One D are impressive for its class but the scope to individually tailor the car make it truly astonishing.

Despite the extensive option and accessories list, (the most expensive MINI to date in the UK totalled over £35,000), the MINI One D, priced at £11,385 on the road is just the job for customers who know that fuel economy and fun need not be mutually exclusive. Add into the equation MINI tlc, (an optional five year service pack for just £100) and residual values that similar cars visibly wince at, and the MINI One D adds up whichever way you look at it.

The worldwide success of MINI is good news for the UK as all MINIs including the new MINI One D are built at BMW Group's Plant Oxford facility. By June 2003 it is forecast that Plant Oxford will have built over 250,000 MINIs for worldwide supply since it started production in 2001. Over 60,000 of those MINIs have been delivered in the UK, making the UK the biggest market for MINI.

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Published 1 June 2003 Melanie Carter

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