For The Mini Hatch three-door 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.
What Car? says
If you're after something small and stylish, the Mini Hatch three-door is a fine choice – especially in standard Cooper form.
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There are 6 Mini Hatch Three-door versions available
Target Price team says:
Compare the Mini Hatch 3dr with most other small cars and it looks pricey. Few rivals are as desirable, though, and that's what results in such strong resale values.
The Cooper S hot hatch and the entry-level One are worth a look, but it's the Cooper that really impresses, combining strong performance with seriously low running costs. The Cooper D diesel is a good choice for high-mileage drivers.
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; we'd go for the Pepper or Chili pack, and the Media XL pack is worth a look if you can afford it.
We'd add the TLC servicing package, 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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