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Does the new Mini look better or worse than before?

Welcome to the facelifted Mini Hatch, and its new nose…

Published: 26 Jan 2021
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It’s facelift time for the good ol’ Mini. And as is the norm with BMW nowadays, the new car has quite the snout.

Mini says the new design, which features a bigger grille with a hexagonal surround, new air intakes and more contoured wheel arches, makes the Hatch look “even more modern…by means of reduction”. Huh.

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Either way, new colours and wheels are available, as is a black pack (pictured above) that de-chromes the entire car. Besides the nose the biggest news on the looks front is the optional blue/black “Multitone Roof”, for which Mini uses a special painting process. “Changing environmental conditions during [said] painting process” means each one is unique.

Inside there’s a new steering wheel. All cars get the digital dashboard from the Mini Electric and GP, plus an 8.8-inch touchscreen running new operating software. Elsewhere the air vents have been more smoothly integrated into the dashboard, there’s less chrome and you can have an electronic handbrake instead of a conventional ratchet.

As for dynamics, the engines are the same (1.5-litre petrols for the One and Cooper, a 2.0-litre for the Cooper S and JCW, a 181bhp e-motor for the Electric) but there is a new adaptive suspension system that “achieves a noticeably optimised balance between sportiness and ride comfort”.

Prices for the three-door hatch start at a £16,045. The five-door is £700 more. For a Convertible you’ll pay at least £20,705, while the Mini Electric starts from £27,920.

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