Of the trio of small urban cars slathered in retro flavouring we had on our market, only the Mini Cooper continues to acquit itself well. This year the icon of the British car industry celebrates its 60th anniversary with a special edition to mark the occasion. By the way, the other two models? The Volkswagen Beetle has been officially retired after 2019, and that diminutive Italian the Fiat 500 has been cancelled for 2020, victim of atrocious sales on our continent for several years in a row.
Mini's strategists are to be congratulated for having multiplied the number of available variants within its lineup. Not only is the Mini Cooper available with a hard or soft top, but there are also three power levels, and I haven't even mentioned the Countryman crossover and the Clubman wagon versions. Which I now have.
And even though the most “utility” model in the lineup is now the brand’s best-selling model, the Mini Cooper still holds a special place in the hearts of driving enthusiasts, in particular those who appreciate ultra-precise steering, a rigid chassis and outstanding handling. It was with high expectations in regards to all these qualities that I embarked on my week in a very fun little car: the Mini Cooper S 60th Anniversary Edition 2020.
The 60th Anniversary Edition
A moment to explain what the 60th Anniversary package adds to the Cooper S, as the Mini brand continues to celebrate its 60 years of existence (the first model to carry the name appeared in 1959).