2021 Mini hatchback verdict and specs

Can a range of updates push the Mini hatchback to the top of the small-car class?...

2021 Mini Cooper S rear cornering

The changes to the Mini range certainly build on the car’s most appealing feature – its plush interior. Although it’s disappointing that you have to pay extra for Apple CarPlay, this is still the best put-together interior in the class, and the easiest infotainment system to use, too.

The same old Mini foibles remain, though. It’s not the most spacious or practical small car, and neither is it the most fun to drive. We’d also like to see automatic emergency braking (AEB) included as standard, rather than being relegated to the options list regardless of model. In other words, it’s well worth considering if you’re after a posh small car, but an Audi A1 is a more complete package.

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

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Specification: Mini Cooper 5dr Sport

Price £21,405 Engine 3cyl, 1499cc, petrol, turbo Power 134bhp Torque 162Ib ft Gearbox six-speed manual 0-62mph 8.4sec Top speed 129mph Economy 51.4mpg  C02, tax band 127g/km, 28%

Rivals:
Audi A1
Volkswagen Polo


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