We use cookies on whatcar.com to improve your browsing experience and to provide you with relevant content and advertising, by continuing to use our site you agree to this. Please see our privacy policy for more details. Continue

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The Mini is fantastic to drive, with great handling; it also has peerless image and strong residual values.

Against Not very practical; limited rear legroom and a tiny boot; expensive on the used market.

Verdict Effortlessly cool and great fun: the Mini is a great supermini, and very desirable as a used car.

Go for… 1.6 Cooper 3dr

Avoid… 1.6 D Cooper 3dr

Mini One Hatchback
  • 1. Introduction of stop-start technology has improved economy by up to 8mpg on some models.
  • 2. The front passenger has enough head- and legroom, but the rear seats are still too cramped, for older children. The boot, although slightly bigger than the old car's, still isn't much use.
  • 3. There are reports of the six-speed manual gearbox failing and needing to be replaced, along with concerns about the clutch, which has been known to require expensive repairs.
  • 4. The cabin is an evolution of the previous model's styling, and is best described as faux-retro. It certainly looks the part, but the quality of some of the materials used is disappointing.
  • 5. It still handles like a grown-up go-kart, with accurate and well-weighted steering, and good body control in corners.
Haymarket Logo What Car? is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media
What Car? is part of Haymarket Motoring
© Haymarket Media Group 2015