The modelRead full review
The Mini 3dr 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 the Mini’s 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
Only available in Classic trim, this entry-level turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine has a meagre 101bhp to give a 0-62mph time of 10.3sec in the 3dr or 10.6sec in the 5dr. Claimed economy is in the mid fifties and you should manage well over 40mpg in the real world. It needs to be worked pretty hard, so we’d recommend upgrading to the Cooper. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with a seven-speed automatic optional.
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A fine all-rounder and one of the very best small cars.