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For The Mini Cooper 1.6 3dr petrol engine is smooth and willing, while fuel economy is impressive and CO2 emissions are low.

Against Performance is brisk rather than electrifying. Plus, although this is a premium-priced car, you still need to spend more on some much-needed extras.

Mini Cooper Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

Some may feel that you need a bit more power for the proper Cooper experience, but we reckon this basic Mini Cooper 1.6 3dr is the best-value model in the Cooper range.

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Key facts

9.1 secs
Top speed
126 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
460 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Compare the Mini with other small cars, and it looks expensive. However, few small cars are this good to drive or this stylish, and few can matcth the Mini’s massive desirability, which results in incredibly strong resale values.

Whichever Mini you’ll choose, you’ll get a cracking car. There’s a dizzying array of optional extras to choose from, too, so you can really tailor your car to your own bespoke tastes. There are also a number of option packs available, which add a heap of extras in one fell swoop, but we recommend that you study them carefully to make sure you’re not paying more for extras you don’t want or need.

We would recommend adding one of the two tlc servicing packages, though. For a small, one-off fee, tlc covers your first two annual services plus a few other checks. The tlc XL package costs a little more, but also covers your third and fourth service visits.

Reader test team says:

Mini Cooper Hatchback 1.6 Chili Pack 3dr

2006 BMW MINI Cooper R50 is the second car I have owned and is a BIG step up from a 1 litre Vauxhall Corsa! With the chilli pack, I have 17 inch…

Salman Sheikh

4 out of 5 stars

Mini Cooper Hatchback 1.6T S JCW Kit 3dr

Brilliant car to own. Makes e smile every time I go out in it. Astonishing handling (LSD option for £200 is a great investment)' great fun to drive,…

Dave Smith

5 out of 5 stars

Mini Cooper Hatchback 1.6T S Chili Pack 3dr

We recently purchased our cooper s in astro black and I have to say I have been quite impressed with it. It is hugely entertaining to drive and…

Michael McCusker

4 out of 5 stars

Mini Cooper Hatchback 1.6D 3dr

After having endless problems with my Suzuki Swift I traded in for the Mini. As I do a lot of miles I decided to go diesel and its the best thing I…

Trudi Tokarczyk

4 out of 5 stars
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