MINI hatchback

Price  £13,935 - £21,260

MINI hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Great interior
  • Fun to drive
  • Efficient engines
  • Suspension still a bit firm
  • Rear legroom is tight
  • Expensive to buy

At a glance

The greenest
MINI One D 3dr £15,075
The cheapest
MINI One 3dr £13,935
The fastest
MINI Cooper S 3dr £18,840
Top of the range
Cooper SD Auto 3dr £21,260

"The latest MINI Hatch has addressed many of the issues with the old MINI, making it one of the most stylish, fun and economical cars on the road."

The old MINI Hatch earned a reputation for having cool styling, lots of customisable options and being the best-handling car in its class. The new model was launched in early 2014 and keeps the good points of the old car, while improving the suspension, interior quality and space in the back seats and boot.

Although the old model wasn't exactly heavy on fuel, the current car made impressive improvements across the board thanks to a range of hi-tech engines. Even the basic 1.2-litre petrol can return up to 61.4mpg. Road tax is completely free for all the diesel models except the SD performance version.

Not convinced? Well, our pick of the range, the MINI Cooper, boasts fuel economy of more than 60mpg, while still covering 0-62mph in just 7.8 seconds. Few other cars of this type can offer performance and economy like the MINI can.

Inside, the interior is bigger than the old car's and gets better-quality plastics. Although the large, centrally mounted speedometer remains, it now sports an infotainment display that controls things such as the stereo, as well as displaying instructions from the sat nav.

The MINI range starts with the MINI One and One D, while the MINI Cooper and Cooper D are good all-rounders. They combine pretty reasonable acceleration with rock-bottom running costs.

If you want the fastest MINI, the MINI John Cooper Works hatchback is lightning fast.

Thankfully, the MINI remains an exceptionally fun car to drive, and while the suspension is definitely softer than it was before, some drivers may still find it a bit too uncomfortable on long journeys. And the back seats could still do with a bit more space – tall passengers will feel extremely cramped.

Standard equipment is more generous than ever, with the Cooper getting a Bluetooth phone connection, front foglights, keyless go, electric windows and climate control as standard. As ever with MINI, there are plenty of pricey options you can spend your hard-earned cash on.

Compared to traditional superminis like the Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa, you'll be spending a bit more in the first place – the MINI has more of a premium price tag than either of those models. It does feel a lot more like an upmarket product, though, so many people are willing to pay the difference.

The MINI Cooper received four out of five stars when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP. Owners weren't too happy with the reliability of the old MINI, but this one should prove to more dependable in the long run.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.5 / 5

A range of great small engines means the MINI Hatch is seriously cheap to run. There are great servicing deals, too

Engines, drive & performance

4.5 / 5

As fun as ever to drive, but also comfortable and refined on long journeys. MINI Cooper S offers serious thrills

Interior & comfort

4 / 5

The MINI's interior has finally come of age: it’s clearly laid-out and feels well built

Practicality & boot space

3.6 / 5

The MINI Hatch has been improved compared to the car it replaced, but the boot is still too small and the rear seats too cramped

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

The new MINI Hatch should prove to be more reliable than the old one thanks to huge investment from BMW

What the others say

4.5 / 5
based on 4 reviews
5 / 5
"The MINI benefits from even higher levels of technology than before, making it safer, better equipped and posher. Competitive pricing makes it even more attractive."
4 / 5
"The latest Mini betters its predecessor in nearly every area that matters – it's bigger, faster, more efficient and has a much improved interior."
8 / 10
"More space, refinement, practicality and power for Mini's pocket rocket. The three-cylinder engine is a charmer and some of the technology systems are welcome additions."
5 / 5
"Drives as a MINI should, albeit with some of the old model's rough edges ironed out, and feels hugely well-engineered for the money. Refinement in particular is astounding."
What owners say 
5 /5 based on 3 reviews
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7 Apr 2015
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