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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mini Hatch

Overall verdict
More sophisticated than ever, without losing the sense of fun.


Terrific handling, lively and smooth engines, endless custom scope


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.


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 £24,905
The cheapest
1.2 One 3dr
9.9s 109g/km 61.4 102 £14,425
The greenest
1.5 Cooper D Seven 3dr [Tech Pack]
9.2s 95g/km 78.5 116 £22,860
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