Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mini Hatchback hatchback?
The Mini isn’t a particularly practical car, but it’s small size and premium image make it an ideal vehicle for those who want a classy small car to use in town. However, the Mini could also be had with some large alloy wheels that certainly look good, but are susceptible to kerb damage. Repairing alloy wheels can be expensive and a bit of a hassle, so make sure you aren’t paying for blemishes caused by a previous owner.
Sports suspension and large alloy wheels can make the ride a bit twitchy, so look at the list of options to find out if the car has sports suspension, or ask your Mini dealer to check the spec for you.
The cabin and dashboard have also suffered from rattles and creaks. Some owners have insisted on having new dashboards fitted, but this doesn't always solve the problem. The speakers can also rattle and distort, and in some cases can fail completely and need replacing.
Also, we’ve seen numerous reports of problems with the air conditioning system. Make sure you test it by first setting it to maximum heat, and then switching it to cold and note how quickly the temperature drops. If the system is working correctly, it should go from hot to cold in seconds.
The windscreen is very susceptible to chips and cracks so check it carefully.