What should I be paying?
As mentioned, the global semiconductor shortage means that at time of writing the One hatchback is currently unavailable, with prices starting from £22,565 for the three-door Cooper. The five-door model is a £660 uplift.
Moving up the range, the Cooper S starts from £26,065 (with the five-door model an extra £700 on top in this instance), while the top spec John Cooper Works model starts from £32,195.
On lease, you’re looking at £295 or £305 for the three-door and five-door hatch respectively, on a four-year agreement with a £3,000 down payment, through Mini’s own finance scheme.
WHAT ARE MY TRIM OPTIONS?
The most basic trim level is Classic, which still gets LED lights front and rear, the large 8.8-inch infotainment screen and plenty of other bits of kit. Upgrading from there means splitting off to either Sport trim (which is now identical looking to the JCW) or Classic (which retains some of the old chrome and fills the cabin with leather).
Even if you go for a higher trim level you’ll still be browsing the options list though. There are endless exterior colour combinations (for a price) and many different interior upholsteries. Particularly pleasing is the light chequered cloth option on Classic models. There are 14 different choices of alloy wheel too, with sizes ranging from 15- to 18-inches.
Unsurprisingly, the three-door One is the most efficient, with a claimed 50.4mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 126g/km. The JCW meanwhile claims 41.5mpg and 155g/km of CO2.
WHAT’S THE BEST SPEC?
We’d be tempted to go for the slightly more powerful Cooper S, which adds a warm hot hatch feel without going too overboard.
Base spec Classic trim probably has enough features as standard, though if your budget can stretch that far we’d suggest ticking the £2,400 Premium Plus Package box, which adds the likes of Apple CarPlay alongside several creature comforts.
In that spec you’re looking at £28,465 all in.