Mini hatchback long-term test

The Mini hatchback is consistently among the UK's best-selling small cars, but is a recent update enough to help it challenge the class leaders? We've got four months to find out...

Mini hatchback side
  • The car Mini Cooper 3dr
  • Run by Darren Moss, deputy editor
  • Why it’s here To see if a recent facelift is enough to elevate the Mini to small car class honours
  • Needs to Make urban commuting a joy, while also being comfortable and practical enough for longer motorway trips

Price £18,210 Price as tested £24,820 Miles covered 2522 Official fuel economy 54.3mpg Test economy 36.8mpg Options Navigation Plus Pack (£2000), Comfort Plus Pack (£1600), automatic gearbox (£1400), 17in Cosmos alloy wheels (£1000), darkened rear glass (£250), Mini driving modes (£200), piano black interior trim (£160) 

6 November 2018 – How much luggage will it really hold?

Just how much can the Mini hold? With a few minutes spare and a small army of carry-on suitcases at the ready, I decided to find out.

Well, first things first. Without removing the parcel shelf or sacrificing any rear seat space, the answer is a disappointing one suitcase – barely enough for a weekend away. Remove the parcel shelf and that figure doubles to two, while removing both the parcel shelf and the variable-height boot floor allows you to carry four – the same as the Audi A1 Sportback but one behind the big-selling Ford Fiesta.

Mini hatchback with suitcases

But now for the serious stuff: if you can leave most of the family at home, thereby freeing up all but the front seats, eight carry-on suitcases will nest quite neatly in the back of the Mini. And if you’re prepared to block your rear view as well, a ninth suitcase can sit on top of the pile. That’s useful to know if I decide on a weekend trip to a DIY superstore – or if I ever need to flee the country.

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