2014 MINI Cooper / Cooper S – “Leaner, fitter, nicer” road test review by Nick Johnson

Hailed by MINI as ‘The new original’ whatever that means, this is the third all-new version of the MINI hatchback. I would forgive you, if like us, you were all MINI’d out by the explosion of different models in recent years, but this I am told is a return to the basics that made new MINI such a success when it was launched back in 2001. This one is leaner, fitter but not necessarily meaner as I shall go on Read The Rest...

Road test review: Kia pro_cee’d GT

2014 Kia pro ceed GT road test review Keith Jones Oliver Hammond blogger Petroleum Vitae - taster photo - front 34g

The hot hatch market is currently pretty healthy, with brilliant models like the Renaultsport Megane 265, Ford Focus ST and Golf GTI Golf GTI to choose from. Compared to the Megane’s 265 horses, the Focus ST’s 250 and the lesser (it’s also available with 300bhp) Golf GTI’s 220, the Kia pro_cee’d GT looks a bit pants on paper, with 201bhp. It’s Korea’s first proper attempt at making a go of the sporty hatchback market and one thing immediately in its Read The Rest...