What's the used Mini Hatchback hatchback like?
The Mini range has expanded at quite a rate since the first BMW Mini appeared in 2001 – take a peek at the used car classifieds and you’ll find convertibles and coupés and Countryman SUVs and Clubman estates and the odd Roadster too.
But it’s the simple Hatchback that’s still the bread-and-butter model in its flourishing range, whether in three or five-door trim, and when this third-generation version appeared it continued the tradition of earlier models by being longer, wider and taller than the car it replaced. Indeed, it’s fair to say that in its modern form, the Mini isn’t very mini at all, but then you’d have to say nor is anything else these days, and that certainly hasn’t stopped this car from being one of the most popular hatchbacks in its class.
The entry-level One initially used an underpowered 101bhp 1.2 petrol unit, while the One D uses a 94bhp 1.5-litre diesel. The Cooper gets a 136bhp 1.5-litre petrol, a 115bhp 1.5-litre, three-cylinder diesel, while the Cooper S has a 197bhp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine and the Cooper SD has a 168bhp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel. The top-of-the-line JCW hot hatch has a more powerful 231bhp version of the engine used in the Cooper S.
The later models used just two versions of the 1.5-litre petrol engine, two versions of the 2.0-litre petrol and introduced the all-new 135kW all-electric version.
You won't find many different trim options, but there are numerous packs to look out for. The Chili Pack adds dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, LED headlights, additional storage and an adjustable boot floor. The Comfort Pack has heated front seats and rear parking sensors, while Comfort Plus has all this and a reversing camera. The Navigation Pack adds (you've guessed it) sat-nav, while Navigation XL includes a bigger, 8.8 infotainment screen. The Tech Pack includes Comfort and Navigation Plus while also throwing in an uprated Harman Kardon sound system. The Driving Assistance Pack has automatic emergency braking.
This changed somewhat in late 2018 with the introduction of 'style' tiers to Cooper and Cooper S models: Classic, Sport and Exclusive. Think of them as Classic being the standard version, Sport having the more athletic styling inside and out (and also a firmer ride, because most had sports suspension fitted; it became a no-cost option from the 2020 onwards), and Exclusive being the posh one with a bespoke alloy wheel design and fancier leather seats inside. The various optional packs continued as before.
Underneath is a more rigid platform shared with some of BMW’s new front-wheel-drive cars, and it helps to preserve the tight handling characteristics the brand is associated with, while adding a degree of sophistication to the ride that makes this version the most comfortable and refined Mini yet.
The ballooning outside proportions mean that this is the biggest Mini Hatchback yet, with more room front and rear than previous versions and some good-looking soft-touch plastics. Peer too closely, though, and there are a few rough edges, with lower-grade materials, but it still has the familiar Mini driving position and dashboard, along with the clever BMW iDrive-based infotainment system utilising a handy rotary controller that's really easy to use.
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