What Car? says
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
- 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.