Steve Cropley: Swapping our trusty Fiat 500 for a Mini Cooper


She’s bought a Mini Cooper S. Yes, the Steering Committee’s 88,000-mile yellow Fiat 500 Twinair saga is over. She now has a two-year-old 6000-mile blue-and-black Mini Cooper S complete with paddle-shift auto. And despite an early reluctance to embrace the model, she seems delighted. It’s what some in the trade label a Covid car, a machine that would normally have done 30,000 miles in the hands of a PCP customer but was handed back with far fewer. New Cooper Ss were unavailable, but this seems like new. Hoping it behaves that way.

PS: Local VeeDub van dealer has fixed the non- opening door of our 68-plate California, so all is now right with the world.


Different kind of day: to Farnborough in time for a 7.30am private jet flight to Paris, as one of a dozen socially distanced and masked hacks. Straight out of the plane into a new-model Duster 150 DCT auto, followed by time in the new-shape Duster 4×4 diesel. They’re excellent cars: quiet, supple, simple, good looking, spectacular value. I’m a total sucker for the Dacia ethos.



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