Car Review - Mini Highgate
The soft-top Mini Highgate hits the streets this spring. Will you be converted?
Hot on the heels of the Mini Baker Street and Mini Bayswater comes the third in a trio of special editions for spring 2012 – the allnew Mini Highgate. Continuing the brand’s established policy of taking the names of fashionable areas of London, the Highgate is a sophisticated new version of the drop-top convertible.
As with all special edition Minis, this four-seater offers a raft of unique exterior and interior features. Providing a fresh interpretation of Mini’s premium appeal and style, the Highgate is designed to take the fun and excitement of ‘wind-in-the-hair’ motoring to the next level.
The car is finished in an all-new metallic Iced Chocolate body colour,which works well with the tailored Silvertouched Truffle fabric roof. Thedistinctive look is enhanced by truffle bonnet stripes with blue edging.
Midnight Black metallic or White Silver metallic paintwork can be specified as an option. The door mirror caps are always finished in the same shade as the exterior.
Also unique to the Mini Highgate are 17-inch Double Cross Turned light-alloy wheels in a subtle aluminium colour. The design team took its inspiration for the spokes from the Union Jack flag.
Inside, the Dark Truffle lounge leather seats feature blue piping and contrasting stitching. Mini’s popular Chili Pack; filled with added extras like automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, multi-function steering wheel, multi-coloured interior lights, is standard on the Highgate special edition.
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Sun-touched brushed alloy detailing on the dashboard and the chrome line interior and wxterior packages are also included.
Exclusive Highgate lettering on the side indicator surrounds, door sills and seat tags marks the car out from the crowd. As with every Mini, customers can enhance the appeal of their car further using the extensive options list of comfort, convenience, design and technology features.
The Mini Highgate is available with four engine options;the Mini Cooper (90 kW/122 hp), Mini Cooper S (135 kW/184 hp), Mini Cooper D (82 kW/112 hp) and Mini Cooper SD (105 kW/143 hp).
All are linked to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a sixspeed automatic available as an option.
Prices range from �21,080 for the Cooper to �25,830 for the automaticCooper SD.