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Mini 5dr review

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Mini 5dr
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6 Jan 2017 14:53 | Last updated: 22 Aug 2018 15:37

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Cost & 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 not great, though, falling behind the A1 – and the Ibiza, for that matter.

The Cooper is definitely the one to go for if you’re buying privately, while the Cooper D’s lower CO2 emissions make it worth considering if you’re a company car driver. 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 these things individually. The vast majority of Mini buyers add at least one pack, so not doing so will make your car harder to sell on in the future.

The Pepper pack is the cheapest option, adding 16in alloy wheels, climate control, ambient interior lighting and automatic light and wipers. The Navigation Plus pack (discussed in detail in the earlier interior section) is also well worth considering. You can, of course, add individual options if you’d prefer, and there are countless ways to make your Mini stand out from the crowd visually, too.

The Mini achieved a four-star NCAP rating – not a very special performance – and you have to add the Driving Assistant pack to get automatic emergency braking, although this also incorporates traffic sign recognition, high beam assist and adaptive cruise control. As for reliability, our latest survey indicates that Minis are merely average when it comes to staying fault-free.

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Verdict

The Mini 5dr is your best bet if you’re after a small car with a posh badge. It’s refined to drive and more practical than an Audi A1

  • Strong engines
  • Relaxing to drive
  • Smart interior
  • Not as much fun to drive as it should be
  • Notchy gearbox
  • Some rivals are more practical
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