The modelRead full Mini review
The Mini 3-door Hatch is a hugely desirable small car that has plenty of substance to match its style. We’d recommend a peppy yet frugal Cooper in Exclusive trim to make the most of its biggest strength, its well-appointed interior. It's disappointing that automatic emergency braking is optional, and it's worth pointing out that there are plenty of safer small cars. If practicality is high on your list of must-haves, though, we’d point you in the direction of the even more impressive Audi A1.
The trimSee full equipment
Even entry-level Classic trim gets a decent amount of kit including automatic LED lights and wipers, air conditioning, electric windows, 60/40 split folding rear seats and an 8.8in infotainment system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Upgrade to Cooper and you’ll get 15in alloy wheels, while Cooper S gets 16in alloy wheels, driving mode selection and sports seats.
The engineSee full engine specs
You can get this engine on every trim but John Cooper Works, and it’s the one we’d pick. It’s another turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, but this time with 134bhp, enough for 0-62mph in as little as 8.1sec. It’s a smooth yet punchy engine that really lets you make the most of the Mini’s handling and is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox. It’s pretty economical, too, with the car managing 41.3mpg in our True MPG tests.
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