How to spec a Mini hatchback

Our guide to Mini's small hatchback covers which version to buy, which options to choose and how much to pay for it all...

Mini hatchback options to choose and avoid

How to spec a Mini hatchback

It’s easy to see why the Mini hatchback is such a popular choice among British buyers. It looks funky, it drives well, it’s available in lots of different engine and trim combinations and it’s reasonably plush inside. 

We recommend teaming the peppy and responsive 1.5-litre petrol engine of a Cooper car with Classic trim, which covers most bases, but if you really want the most from your Mini, you’ll want to follow our tips on how to add extra features without blowing your budget. Here’s what we’d choose.

Mini hatchback options to choose

Mini hatchback interior

1. Comfort Plus Pack (£1600)

It’s worth going for Mini’s Comfort Plus Pack, which bundles in a lot of extra kit for £1600. Not least, it adds heated front seats – useful on cold winter mornings. The Comfort Plus Pack also adds climate controls, a front centre armrest and a rear-view camera, which could help you avoid embarrassing car park scrapes.

Mini hatchback options to choose

Mini hatchback infotainment screen

2. Navigation Pack (£900)

The Navigation Pack (£900) is well worth considering, giving you sat-nav and Apple CarPlay preparation, as well as some connected services. You can spend more on the Navigation Plus Pack (£2000), which gets you real-time traffic information, among other things, but we wouldn't bother.

Mini hatchback options to choose

Mini hatchback infotainment screen

3. Driving Assistant Pack (£800)

Mini’s Driving Assistant Pack brings useful safety aids, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam assistance and a traffic sign recognition system, as well as adaptive cruise control.

Mini hatchback options to choose

Mini hatchback interior

4. Heated windscreen (£150)

Picture the scene: it’s a freezing winter morning and your windscreen is covered in ice and all fogged up when you climb into your car. At this point, you’ll be glad you spent £150 on Mini’s heated windscreen, which can clear itself in seconds, so you'll be able to get going far quicker.

Mini hatchback options to avoid

Mini hatchback wheels

1. 17in alloy wheels (£1000)

Although 17in alloy wheels will undoubtedly help your Mini to stand out from the crowd, they also have a negative effect on the car’s ride. Better to stick with the smaller 15in alloy wheels instead, because they let the Mini glide more softly over ruts and bumps. If you do decide to go for larger wheels, at least avoid the run-flat tyres, because really do ruin the ride.

Mini hatchback options to avoid

Mini hatchback infotainment screen

2. Harman Kardon stereo (£600)

You can specify an upgraded Harman Kardon stereo system, which features 12 high-powered speakers to lend your music library extra sparkle. It’s an expensive choice at £600, though, so we wouldn’t bother unless you’re a serious audiophile.

Best buy: Mini hatchback

Mini hatchback 3dr
  • Model - Mini Cooper Classic 3dr
  • List price - £17,675
  • Target Price - £16,577
  • Target PCP - £193 per month
  • Options we'd add - Comfort Plus Pack (£1600), Navigation Pack (£900), Driving Assistant Pack (£800), heated windscreen (£150)
  • Cost of options - £3450

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