2019 Mini 60 Year Edition review

The Mini 60 Year Edition celebrates - yep, you guessed it - 60 years of Mini. But how good is this limited edition three-door hatchback?...

Mini Cooper S 60 Year Edition
Mini Cooper S 60 Year Edition seats

Inside, the seats get a Dark Cacao leather finish with contrast seat stitching and piping to match the paintwork – another exclusive for this trim level. They're comfortable and have plenty of adjustment, but the controls to get everything just-so are fiddly.

Mini Cooper S 60 Year Edition interior

Mini's Navigation Plus pack is included, with an 8.8in touchscreen and sat-nav, Apple CarPlay (but no Android Auto), Bluetooth and wireless charging as standard. It's controlled by touch or a rotary dial between the seats and is one of the best systems out there. You also get a rear view camera, power folding door mirrors plus front and rear parking sensors as part of the included Comfort Plus Pack.

Mini Cooper S 60 Year Edition rear seats

Apart from all that, the 60 Year Edition follows the same Cooper S formula that we're used to. That means the build quality certainly lives up to Mini's 'premium' image. However – with only two cramped rear seats in the back and three doors – it's certainly not a car for buyers who require a focus on practicality. Especially as the boot is more compact than those of cheaper small car rivals such as the Seat Ibiza, Ford Fiesta and Skoda Fabia. You'll still be able to squeeze a few soft holiday bags in there, though.

Mini Cooper S 60 Year Edition rear

And with no mechanical changes to this model, it delivers the same Cooper S on-the-road experience, too. That means power comes from a 189bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, and the performance on offer is very impressive. It's only available paired with a slick-shifting seven-speed automatic, which which its 0-62mph time is a spritely 6.7sec, accompanied by a tastefully rorty exhaust note that parps away nicely.

Mini Cooper S 60 Year Edition

The typical Mini driving traits of a sharp front end and responsive steering give it a very agile feel. However, hardcore hot hatches available for similar money would leave it in the dust on a track, while mainstream premium rivals like the Audi A1 offer slightly more grip at the front. The 60 Year Edition also feels pretty firm, and while its exclusive 17in alloys may look nice, they don't do the ride any favours. At least the Mini has a usefully tight turning circle, which helps in town.

But how does the Mini Cooper S 60 Year Edition stack up financially? Read our verdict to find out...

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