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
Available exclusively with the punchiest 2.0-litre engine, this sportiest Mini builds on Classic trim with 17in alloy wheels, a John Cooper Works bodykit, sports suspension, a sports exhaust, red brake callipers, part leather John Cooper Works sports seats, piano-black interior trim, cruise control, driving mode selection and stainless steel pedals. Too pricey to recommend, especially as rival hot hatches are more fun.
The engineSee full engine specs
Like the Cooper S, this is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with a turbo. It delivers 228bhp to give a 0-62mph in as little as 6.1sec and is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox. It isn’t as efficient as the Cooper S and is too pricey to recommend, though.
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