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To many, Mini is as quintessentially British as Sir Michael Caine wearing a trilby and monocle, sipping a cup of tea.
But the brand’s more recent success has been down to Germany’s BMW, which masterminded a rebirth in 2000 that has seen the small car become one of the best sellers in Britain.
BMW proved with the ‘new’ Mini that buyers are willing to pay for classy small cars with a prestige badge, and this latest Mini 3dr hatchback sticks to the same template.
This facelifted third generation’s styling harks back to the original car, but it’s now much bigger than its miniature ancestor, so now competes against cars such as the Audi A1, Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza.
In addition, the Mini gets a classy interior, personalisation opportunities and the promise of a fun driving experience, all in a dinky and desirable package.
There are petrol and diesel options available, along with a multitude of trim levels. Read on over the next few pages to get our in-depth impressions, along with our recommendations for which trim level and engine to pick.
And if you want the very best deal on a new Mini, check out what we can offer in our new car deals.
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