2021 Mini Hatchback facelift revealed: price, specs and release date

Updated Mini Hatchback gets revamped interior and exterior and new tech...

2021 Mini Hatchback Cooper S front

On sale: Spring | Price from: £16,045

The Mini Hatchback faces a problem. You see, like so many Hollywood celebrities, it’s been with us for quite some time and is beginning to show its age. In fact, this generation of the big-selling Mini has been around since 2014, and it has already been facelifted once, in 2019.

A replacement won’t be ready until at least 2023, so what’s a fading starlet to do? The answer lies in a discreet nip and tuck that's designed to keep things fresh until a sportier, younger model arrives to take up the baton and reboot the franchise. Cue the botox.

2021 Mini Hatchback Cooper S rear

2021 Mini Hatchback design

On the outside, the Mini now receives sportier front and rear bumpers and a larger front grille and its traditional round foglights have been replaced by thin vertical strips. At the rear, the foglight is now thinner and integrated into a discreet light strip on the bumper.

Speaking of lights, adaptive LED headlights are being offered for the first time; these help you to see farther at night and can change the shape of their beams to avoid dazzling oncoming cars.

Personalisation options are as strong as ever, and customers now have a wider range of paint, roof colour and alloy wheel options to choose from.

2021 Mini Hatchback Cooper interior

2021 Mini Hatchback interior

Inside, the Mini’s standard infotainment screen size has grown from 6.5in to 8.8in, and the old shortcut buttons have been replaced by touch-sensitive panels below the screen. Fortunately, there are still physical controls for the climate control system, and Mini’s infotainment system can still be controlled using a dial on the centre console – something that should make it a lot easier to use on the move than the touch-sensitive setups of rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo or Audi A1.

Also now included as standard is the 5.0in digital instrument cluster seen first on the Mini Electric. This puts a range of information, including driving information and system messages, right in front of you, although it’s not as configurable as what you’ll find in some rivals.

A new Driver Assistance Pack bundles together several useful features, including lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control, while drivers seeking a truly sporty feel can also opt for a new version of the Mini’s adaptive suspension, which we praise on the current car.

Standard kit has been improved, too, with Sport and Exclusive trims now getting rear parking sensors as standard.

2021 Mini Hatchback Cooper interior

2021 Mini Hatchback engines and price

Most of the existing Mini’s engine line-up continues unchanged, meaning our favourite choice is likely to remain the mid-range 134bhp three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol in the Cooper model.

Prices for this refreshed Mini Hatchback have actually fallen slightly, with the three-door starting at £16,045 and the five-door at £16,745, meaning the Mini remains cheaper than key rivals such as the Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo.

2021 Mini Convertible front

It’s worth noting that these changes are also being applied across much of Mini’s range, including the five-door Mini HatchbackMini Convertible and recently launched Mini Electric. On the Mini Convertible, a new soft-top roof design is now standard, while on the Electric, new options including roof rails and sun protection glass have been added.

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