MINI

The MINI Hatch is now in its third generation (excluding the sixties original, of course) and it's now more spacious, more luxurious and more fuel-efficient than ever before. MINI has concentrated on expanding the gap between the front and rear wheels to increase space in the boot, so it's now more of a usable family car. Plus, there's even set to be a five-door version for the first time. There's a model and a colour scheme to suit everyone, too, such is the level of personalisation. Kicking off the range is the One, followed by the Cooper and Cooper S – add a D to the end of each of those and you’ve got the diesel models. A sporty John Cooper Works (JCW) hatch will join the range in 2015.

MINI hatchback

Price 
£13,750 - £21,070
3 Doors
4.1 / 5
Pros
  • Great interior
  • Fun to drive
  • Efficient engines
Cons
  • Suspension still a bit firm
  • Rear legroom tight
  • Expensive to buy

The MINI Hatch is a style-led supermini that also happens to be really good to drive. Those retro-inspired looks will draw you in, the luxurious hi-tech cabin will wow you and the agile handling entertain even the most hardcore petrolheads. The petrol engines range from a 100bhp 1.2-litre turbo in the MINI One to a 2.0-litre turbo in the MINI Cooper S. The diesels are excellent, with the One D claiming fuel economy of 83.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 89g/km – but our pick is the 1.5-litre petrol Cooper, which feels fast and fun, but can also return 60mpg.

MINI 5-door hatchback

Price 
£15,900 - £20,050
5 Doors
4.3 / 5
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • More practical than the three-door
  • Desirable image
Cons
  • Small rear doors
  • Ford Fiesta has a bigger boot
  • Firm suspension

The small and stylish MINI hatchback has finally spawned a pair of rear doors, adding family-friendly practicality to the funky model range. It gets the same selection of petrol and diesel engines, with very little penalty in terms of fuel economy or performance. If you need more space but love everything about the MINI hatchback, you won't be disappointed by the arrival of this brand-new 5-door version.

MINI convertible

Price 
£16,420 - £26,565
2 Doors
3.5 / 5
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Roof operates quickly and easily
  • Low running costs
Cons
  • Firm ride
  • Wind noise with the roof down
  • Tiny boot and rear seats

The standard MINI hatchback has tiny rear seats and a minute boot, so making space for the fabric roof makes the Convertible even more impractical. That aside, this MINI does everything else a small convertible should do, very well – it's fun to drive, has loads of space up front, is cheap to run, and the electric roof folds quickly. The Fiat 500C is a strong rival, but convertibles don’t come much cooler than the drop-top MINI.