Which used Mini Hatchback hatchback should I buy?
All but the range-topping Mini Cooper S and SD have turbocharged, three-cylinder engines. The Mini One uses a 1.2 petrol unit, while the Mini One D and Cooper D both use a 1.5-litre diesel in 94bhp and 114bhp forms respectively.
The Cooper gets a 1.5-litre petrol and the Cooper S a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine. The 1.5 petrol is our favourite engine. It pulls strongly across the rev range without any of the annoying surges in power delivery that you often get with three-cylinder engines.
The Cooper D is hard to fault if you favour diesel power, although it’s not as potent as the Cooper.
We’d recommend avoiding the Cooper S unless you're getting a very good deal. It’s seriously rapid and easy to drive smoothly, but the better-value Cooper is just as much fun in real-world use and is far from slow.
Even the cheapest Mini model when new, the One, gets 15in alloys, foglights and air-con. Step up to the Cooper if you want some extra performance, and, considering its popularity, you should be able to find one for a reasonable price.
There are myriad options to choose from on all new Mini models, but it’s worth trying to find a car equipped with the Pepper Pack if you can. It brings popular options such as a multifunction steering wheel, climate control, auto lights and wipers, and a variable boot floor, as well as funky, variable lights that illuminate to reflect changes to the air-con, and can be set up in various colours and themes.
Whether you prefer three or five doors is dependant on how and what you intend to use the car for but, apart from a small fuel consumption loss, the five-door version doesn't suffer on the road for being the bigger car, and is the more practical if you're carrying passengers, so that's the model we'd go for.
Our favourite Mini Hatchback: 1.5 Cooper (Pepper pack) five-door