What should I be paying?
It's not cheap, and the options seem even more prohibitive. But because the residuals are strong, Mini can offer good finance deals, and helpfully bundles the most popular options into packs, and again these mostly see you right come trade-in time.
Mini has always done good-value servicing deals. And insurance isn't too bad.
But among the launch range, you'll struggle to keep CO2-related taxes down. Depending on fuel, engine power, number of driven wheels and transmission, the range hovers between 113g/km and 150g/km, though heaviest of all is the S All4 manual with big tyres, at 162g/km.
But if you really want to knock a hole in your company tax bill, and indeed make a genuine fuel saving if you plug'n'commute, then the Cooper S E All4 is worth waiting for. It's rated at 49g/km and 134.5mpg in the particular conditions of the test cycle. It cracks 62mph in 6.8secs, which sounds like a cake-and-eat-it affair. But beware: to make room for the battery the fuel tank is just 35 litres. So long trips will be a rapid rhythm of fuel stops.