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Mini Cooper S + Knaus Boxdrive 680ME

Mini Cooper S + Knaus Boxdrive 680ME

REVIEW

Mini Cooper S

When Mini launched the new Cooper S in 2001 it set a new benchmark for the segment. Fast, great handling, fun and great styling meant that sales went through the roof and continued right through the second generation model which was sold worldwide to great success. But times change and now Mini has released the third generation of Cooper S. With a new 2.0 litre turbo engine putting out 189 bhp the Cooper S certainly has the speed – 6.7 seconds to 62 mph and a 146 top speed are pretty quick, but also despite being bigger than the predecessor it still handles like a go kart.

Knaus Boxdrive 680ME 177 Auto

In the world of Camper vans, the go-to for the basis of these conversions for many years has been the Fiat Ducato. But then Volkswagen released the new Crafter van and it gave you everything you’d expect from a VW and looked great. Knaus is one of the top camper companies in the world right now and it’s not hard to see why when you look at the Boxdrive – their latest medium sized camper model based on this new VW. Using the upgraded 177bhp 2.0 litre diesel engine it’s certainly got enough grunt to move along, while the 8spd auto makes driving as easy as it can be and don’t worry, it’s Euro6 compatible so fine for driving in European cities. But it’s inside that the Boxdrive really stands out – the layout of this 680ME has a large bed area at the rear, a fully fitted kitchen area which is as stylish as that in any home and a full toilet with sink. But the real treat with the Boxdrive is the ‘open bathroom’ – when you look inside you can’t see a shower, but the central circular detail in the roof gives a clue – the circular doors rotate to access the toilet and in doing so gives you a round shower cubicle where the water comes down from the roof. It’s an ingenious solution and allows space and a great shower in a relatively small camper. This really has to be one of the best value campers on the market today.

Stats

Engine / Cylsi4 Turbo Power189bhp
Displacement2ltr Torque280 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed146mph
DrivetrainFWD CO2136 g/km
MPG47.1 mpg Retail Price£79,785
0-62mph6.7secs Cash Alternative£64,000

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