Mini review

Category: Small car

Section: Performance & drive

Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 rear cornering
  • Mini 3dr 2022 front right tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 rear cornering
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior dashboard
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 boot open
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 front tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 front right static
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 rear right tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 front right tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 wheel detail
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior front seats
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior steering wheel
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior detail
  • Mini 3dr 2022 front right tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 rear cornering
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior dashboard
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 boot open
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 front tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 front right static
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 rear right tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 front right tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 wheel detail
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior front seats
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior steering wheel
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior detail
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The entry-level Mini One uses a 101bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that needs to be worked hard – something that can be tiresome on long journeys. The Cooper gets a 134bhp version of that engine and is our favourite in the line-up. It knocks the 0-62mph time down from 10.3sec to 8.2sec (or 8.1sec with the automatic gearbox) and pulls strongly across the rev range.

The Cooper S's 176bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivers very impressive performance with a sporty-sounding exhaust note, but it pushes up the price considerably and its best 6.6sec 0-62mph time isn’t quite as quick as the Ford Fiesta ST

If you're tempted to splash some cash on big wheel rims, consider the adaptive suspension that is standard on Sport trim and optional with Exclusive and John Cooper Works. It has selectable driving modes, and takes the edge off all but the most abrupt ruts and bumps. It's certainly preferable to the standard fixed sports suspension of the harsh John Cooper Works.

Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 rear cornering

Handling

The Mini’s trademarks have always included darty handling and a tight turning circle that makes manoeuvring around town a delight. While that's still the case with today’s models, the march of progress has complicated things a bit, with selectable driving modes standard on all but One and Cooper versions of Classic trim.

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Save up to £850
Target Price from £22,565
Save up to £850
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