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
This turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine has 176bhp to give a best 0-62mph time of just 6.6sec with an automatic gearbox and three doors. It feels strong on the road, if not as punchy as similarly priced hot hatches like the Fiesta ST, and managed 37.2mpg in our True MPG tests. Even so, we prefer the cheaper Cooper. Available in all trims apart from the John Cooper Works with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.
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