Just spent a few days with our Mini JCW, and had an absolute hoot. Quicker and more entertaining than I was expecting (high sticker price notwithstanding), and its flamboyantly handsome good looks had me smiling every time I got in and out.

Had to wonder at times though if the exterior, all black lines, bulging headlamps and bonnet grilles, was just a little OTT.

Did over 200 miles in all, most of it solo, some of it loaded up with shopping and child seat in the back, and only the motorways seemed a bit beyond the Mini’s remit.