Following its debut in the five-door MINI hatch, the new Cooper SD model has been made available in the three-door, too. The 2.0-litre diesel engine produces 168bhp and returns 68.9mpg.
Available from July, the Cooper SD becomes the second quickest in the line-up after the S. It can sprint from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds with the six-speed manual or 7.2 with the auto. Those times are half-a-second down on the Cooper S.
Where the SD really shines, though, is on fuel economy. The combined figure of 68.9mpg isn’t too far off the Cooper D’s 74.0mpg and it’s a lot lower than the 49.0mpg that the Cooper S is capable of. The 107g/km CO2 emissions will ensure there’s no road tax to pay for the first year, either.
As with the Cooper S, the SD gets more aggressive styling, featuring S badges in the grille and an SD badge on the bootlid. It’s got a bonnet intake and a pair of exhausts at the rear, too.
The MINI Cooper SD three-door starts from £19,450, with the Cooper S costing from £18,655.