For The Mini Hatch is stylish, good to drive and has a high-quality interior. It's also reasonably cheap to own, thanks to its strong resale values and range of efficient engines.
Against It's not quite as much fun to drive as you might expect a Mini to be, and there are far more practical cars available for similar money.
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If you're after something small and stylish, the Mini Hatch is a fine choice – especially in standard Cooper form.
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There are 10 Mini Hatch versions available
Target Price team says:
Compare the Mini Hatch with most other small cars and it looks expensive. Few rivals are as desirable, though, and that's what results in such incredibly strong resale values.
The Cooper S is certainly worth a look if you're after a hot hatch, and the entry-level One is a good buy, but it's the Cooper that really impresses, combining strong performance with seriously low running costs.
There's a dizzying array of optional extras to choose from, so you can really tailor the car to your tastes. There are also a number of option packs available, which add a heap of extras in one fell swoop for a discounted price, and nearly all Mini buyers add at least one of these.
We'd recommend adding one of the TLC servicing packages, too. For a reasonable one-off fee, this covers servicing for the first five years or 50,000 miles. The TLC XL package costs a little more, but covers servicing for a further three years or 30,000 miles.
Reader test team says:
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