Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Mini 5dr is aimed at the premium end of the market and, as such, it’s priced in line with the Audi A1 Sportback rather than cheaper alternatives such as the Seat Ibiza. Resale values are good but not great, though, falling behind the A1's, although you’ll still find competitive PCP deals.
There's a choice of three trim levels for the regular models: Classic, Sport and Exclusive. Classic is the base trim, but still gets plenty of equipment as standard, including heated wing mirrors, ambient lighting, a multi-control steering wheel and keyless start.
Sport adds a racy bodykit, 17in wheels, sports seats and cruise control. Exclusive is more luxurious, with different 17in wheels, leather seats and more chrome allowing you to really make the most of the Mini’s plush interior, making it our recommendation. Neither Sport nor Exclusive are available with the less powerful One engine.
Whichever version you go for, we’d advise forking out a bit extra on one of the optional packs, which round up desirable extras for less money than you'd pay to add all of them individually. The vast majority of Mini buyers add at least one pack, so not doing so is likely to make your car harder to sell on in the future.
The Comfort pack is well worth considering. It’s not too pricey and adds climate control, heated front seats, keyless entry, the variable boot floor and a central armrest. The Navigation pack (discussed in detail in the Interior section) is also well worth considering. You can, of course, add individual options if you prefer, and there are countless ways to make your Mini stand out from the crowd visually.
There’s lots of kit to help you avoid an accident, including stability control and tyre pressure monitoring, but you have to go to the options list for more advanced functions such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-departure warning and a rear-end collision-warning system.
The Mini performed slightly disappointingly in Euro NCAP crash tests, scoring four stars out of five a few years ago. That rating is no longer valid due to the age of the test, but it’s worth pointing out that the Audi A1 and VW Polo both scored five stars under more stringent testing. Six airbags are provided, while an alarm and immobiliser are fitted to all models.
As for reliability, Mini finished in fourth place out of 31 manufacturers in the What Car? Reliability Survey, although the hatchback itself placed a more average 11th out of 22 in the small car class for staying fault-free.
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