Beyond The Blue

Here’s what to love about the new Mini Cooper S 5 Door. Bonus: We show you how to style it.

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The Mini Cooper S 5 Door

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once waxed poetically about the importance of living in the present and appreciating its values. Today, variations of this quote are often heard from the proponents of living life to the fullest.

With our fast-paced living and the go-getter lifestyle we’ve been hungry to adopt, Emerson’s philosophy is easier said than done. However, jumping into the new Mini Cooper S 5 Door is a lot like kick-starting the adventure you’ve always dreamed of. Nothing says “welcome” as elegantly as the Keyless Go feature – when the simple push of a button brings your Cooper S 5 Door roaring to life. No more rummaging through your bag to find your key when your time can be better spent on your journey.

As it picks up the pace and takes you through the city roads, the transformation since its predecessors is apparent, yet never compromising its signature components. The low ground clearance, sports suspension, and TwinPower Turbo engine does what it’s meant to do to the hearts of all car enthusiasts, igniting the adrenaline within the risk-takers, helping you realise your dreams with the legendary go-kart feeling. While powerful in this sense, it is still wise to save the racing antics for when you’re driving alone, lest you run through potholes and bumps with reckless abandonment and your backseat passengers experience the aftertaste of the stiff handling. The Cooper S 5 Door is undoubtedly built for the driver who truly loves to steer, and if you handle it just as smoothly as the multi-function John Cooper Works leather steering wheel would allow you to, it is a very liberating experience.

Even without the Harmon Kardon hi-fi system upgrade, the existing audio system envelopes you together with the Mini Cooper S 5 Door’s sleek sport seats, making for an all-encompassing experience. Whether you’re cruising down the highways or rush-hour traffic has got you in a bind, being in the confines of a vehicle has never felt so much like home.

With the Mini Connected, favourite tunes on your phone are immediately amplified through the sound system. How much more can you personalize this drive? The longer the time you spend in this car, the sooner you realise being stuck in traffic in the Mini Cooper S 5 Door is a luxury in disguise – its metallic bright electric blue exterior commanding the right amount of attention on the road.

Life doesn’t stop simply because you’re on the way to your destination. The Mini Calendar grants the driver access to all appointments and dates synced from your smartphone and the minimalism analyser monitors driving habits. Everything from the mileage to the fuel usage are recorded, giving your exquisite ride the freedom to offer you advice on how to save fuel.

Mini was right. With a ride so wholesome, “you won’t want to get out.” And at that moment, Emerson’s words had the ring of truth. Embracing all of the present, especially in this car, was less of an effort and more of a given.

Priced at RM236,888 on-the-road, without insurance. www.mini.my

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