What should I look for in a used Mini Hatchback hatchback?
Most Minis will have been used enthusiastically so check the bodywork for any car-park scuffs and dings to the wings, as well as the alloy wheels for any kerb damage.
What are the most common problems with a used Mini Hatchback hatchback?
The earlier generations of the Mini had a bit of a mixed reputation, with a few owners reporting both engine and gearbox failures, as well as a number of electrical issues. This third-gen version seems to have eradicated most of the more serious issues, although owners have reported non-engine electrics problems relating to the air-con and sat-nav units (where fitted).
There have been a few recalls on this generation of Mini. For early vehicles made from the start of production until 30 September 2014, the emergency spare wheel (if fitted) may work loose from the underside of the car. The front seat backrests on Minis produced between 1 August 2014 and 30 September 2014 could have some play in the mechanism, and finally, the airbag might not deploy on vehicles produced between 14 September 2016 and 21 October 2016. Check with your local Mini dealer to see if your car is affected by any of these safety recalls.
Is a used Mini Hatchback hatchback reliable?
The Mini hatchback didn’t do quite as well in our latest What Car? Reliability survey, having fallen down the rankings to 15th place for models with a petrol engine. Mini as a brand finished in a mid-table position of 17th out of 31 other car manufacturers.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.