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8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mini Hatch

£14,020£31,260
8/10
Overall verdict
More sophisticated than ever, without losing the sense of fun.
 

For: 

Terrific handling, lively and smooth engines, endless custom scope

Against: 

Some options are bundled into costly packs, longer front end looks flabby

Overview

What is it?

One glance says it’s the Mini: successor to the Mini, and the Mini before that. But this is no mere re-skin. The whole underneath is new, sharing rather a lot with the latest BMW 2-Series Active Tourer people carrier (yikes, yes, FWD BMWs are now upon us). Engines are all-new too, but the range structure of One, Cooper, Cooper S and Cooper SD holds no surprises.

There’s a 5-door option now, with a stretch to the body and more space in the back than you’d ever expect. Mini becomes a roomy supermini? Why, almost.

 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 John Cooper Works 3dr Auto
6.1s 133g/km 49.6 231 £24,485
The cheapest
1.2 One 3dr
9.9s 109g/km 61.4 102 £14,170
The greenest
1.5 One D 3dr
11.0s 89g/km 83.1 95 £15,160
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