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For The Mini Cooper 1.6 S has bags of strong, accessible performance, and it’s an absolute hoot in the bends. It’s stylish, it rides well and it’s affordable to run.

Against You won’t get much of a discount, much standard kit or much luggage in the boot. Ultimately, other hot hatches like the Renaultsport Clio are more fun.

Mini Cooper Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

If you care more about style and fun than you do about practicality, cars don’t come much better than the Mini Cooper 1.6 S. Pricey, but worth every penny.

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Key facts

7 secs
Top speed
142 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
536 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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