The Mini was the original game-changer in the premium small car class. BMW proved with the ‘new’ Mini that buyers were willing to pay for classy-feeling superminis with a prestige badge, and this latest Mini Hatch model sticks to the same template.
Those earlier Minis were immensely popular, and you can read about some of them by clicking here.
This third-generation Mini shares a platform with several present, and future, Mini and BMW models. There is a newfound maturity to this model that makes it both a pleasant car to be in and a more rewarding one to drive. Styling that harks back to the original car, a classy interior, personalisation possibilities and a fun driving experience remain the core selling points, all in a package that’s dinky enough to make sense for town-dwellers. Rivals include the classy Audi A1 and the competent VW Polo.
There are petrol and diesel options available, and a multitude of trim packages to choose from. Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions on the Mini, along with our recommendations for which of those trim levels and engines to pick.