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For The Mini First brings the entry-level price of the Mini hatchback down to a more accessible level, without sacrificing the usual Mini handling and image. Running costs are low, too.

Against It feels like an entry-level model: its cabin is decidedly budget and key items of equipment such as air-conditioning are missing. It's also rather slow.

Mini First Hatchback
44 5stars

The most affordable Mini, the Mini First is inexpensive to run, desirable and great to drive. There's better value for money out there, though.

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The full Mini First review

There are 2 Mini First versions available

Hatchback 1.6 3dr £11,870
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 Tech Pack 3dr £12,715
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

As the entry-level Mini, the Mini First meets all the criteria for good basic transport and is fun to drive – but we'd suggest paying a little more and opting for the Mini One, which does at least have air-conditioning as standard, as well as more power.

Whatever model you choose, go for the excellent-value Mini tlc servicing package: for just £185, all scheduled maintenance costs are covered for five years or 80,000 miles.

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