What's the used Mini Hatchback hatchback like?
A host of subtle tweaks have produced a car that looks just like its predecessor. Luckily this version of the Mini has retained all the good points of the old car, while trying to address the shortfalls.
It still handles like a grown-up go-kart, with accurate and well-weighted steering, with good body control in corners. Indeed, the chassis can cope with quite a lot of power.
The ride is on the firm side, but it doesn't become uncomfortable. The Mini is refined enough to make motorway miles pleasurable, even if there is some wind and road noise at speed.
The front passenger has enough head and legroom, but the rear seats are still too cramped for older children. The boot, although slightly bigger than the old car's, still isn't much use.
The cabin is an evolution of the previous model's styling and is best described as faux-retro. It certainly looks the part, but the quality of some of the materials used is disappointing.
Power comes from either a 1.4 or 1.6-litre petrol engines or a 1.6 or 2.0-litre diesel. All offer decent economy, with the diesel options benefitting the most from cheap road tax, thanks to low fuel consumption.
There was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it facelift completed in 2011 that concentrated on the lights front and rear, a new front bumper, an upgrade to the interior plastics and a new diesel engine.