Price £13,750 - £20,150
- Stylish image
- Economical engines
- Lots of fun to drive
- Firm suspension
- Still not very practical
- Expensive price and options
The MINI is one of the most enduring style icons in the history of motoring and when BMW launched the modern interpretation with retro styling touches back in 2000, it kick-started a trend that saw similar 'reinvented classics' like the Fiat 500 hit the market.
The latest version, the third generation of BMW's ‘new’ MINI, is longer, wider and slightly taller than the outgoing model, which makes it slightly bigger inside and significantly increases boot space.
The MINI is loads of fun to drive, and the experience to be had from its strong performance, sharp handling, and low driving position is often likened to a go-kart. The new diesel engines available offer good performance while returning seriously impressive fuel economy.
The car now boasts an even higher quality interior than before, keeping it at the top of its class in this regard. Although the boot is bigger and there's more rear legroom before, the MINI still isn't the most practical car and the suspension remains fairly firm.