You recognise everything, but there’s something ever so slightly different. Up to the waistline it's the same – save for some natty highlighting on the trim – with the same dashboard, switchgear, driving position and seats.
What’s different is the steeper rake of the windscreen, and there’s no denying that the curving roof, as it slopes quickly towards your head, does add a more cocooning and, we’ll admit, more sporting feel to the Mini’s cabin.
The Alcantara-covered steering wheel of our test car helps that case along, too. The driving position is no more sporting than usual but, marginal loss of headroom aside, is as good as usual.
Ergonomically it’s sound, albeit with seats that some of our testers would have preferred to be bigger, and, particularly, longer under the thighs. So far, so Mini. That is, of course, so long as you continue to cast your gaze forwards. Turn to the rear and it’s as if a bob cut has become a boot cut.