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The Top Gear car review:Mini Hatch
For:Terrific handling, lively and smooth engines, endless custom scope
Against:Some options are bundled into costly packs, longer front end looks flabby
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.