Mini Cooper SD is surprise running cost starCosts less to run than a Fiat Punto diesel
13 October 2011
The new Mini Cooper SD hot hatch - just put through its paces by Which? Car - is unquestionably very expensive to buy new. But its combination of frugal fuel economy and the lowest depreciation in its class make it surprisingly good value to run. In fact, it's cheaper to own over three years than the lower-powered Fiat Punto MultiJet Sporting.
Fun to drive - and cheap to run
Our latest test of Mini's brand new Cooper SD confirms just how much fun it is to drive. You certainly pay for the privilege though: the new 143bhp SD diesel version of the Cooper hatchback starts at £18,750 and rises as high as an eye-watering £24,310.
But we were surprised to discover that the desirable Cooper SD is in fact one of the more affordable cars in its class to live with.
It's the lowest-depreciating car in its class, retaining between 49% and 54% of its list price after three years and 36,000 miles. It's also one of the most economical cars - as confirmed by Which? Car's testers when we put the Cooper SD through our independent fuel consumption tests.
Costs less to run than a Fiat Punto
Depreciation and fuel are the two biggest costs of running a car and the Mini Cooper SD proves that keeping these in check can lower running costs dramatically. For instance, the Fiat Punto Evo MultiJet Sporting diesel costs more to run over three years, despite costing £3,050 less to buy new.
Read the Mini Cooper SD Full Review
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