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 long-term test
  • The car Mini 3dr Cooper Classic
  • 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 4506 Official fuel economy 54.3mpg Test economy 36.5mpg 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) 

19 December 2018 – Should I buy one?

I'm getting along with my Mini hatchback very well indeed. So well, in fact, that I've started looking to ways I could one day put one on my driveway. This new version would cost about £16,532 if I bought the car through What Car? New Car Buying, and that's a substantial saving, but could I spend even less by buying nearly new instead?

Mini hatchback used

Well, here's a prime candidate from the What Car? Classifieds – a three-door Cooper automatic with just 3800 miles on the clock and going for £14,445. It doesn't have much in the way of extras, but as a baseline, it seems to fit the bill.

Or, if I want a more sprightly option, there's a Cooper S version instead. Sure, it's got a bit more mileage – around 7500 – but at £15,887 for a 2017 car with plenty of extras, it looks an absolute bargain. Plus it retains the automatic gearbox I'm looking for. Now that’s very tempting indeed.

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