Mini information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the hatchback mainstay of the Mini range. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Mini hatch car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
The Mini hatchback is the original starting point for the BMW Mini range and every model from the lowly One to the racier Cooper S and John Cooper Works has a sporting bent. The third-gen Mini is bigger but still ace to drive. These days there’s also – shock – a five-door version. Ideal for avoiding the Countryman. For more information on the Mini hatch, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
The third-gen Mini might appear to be little more than a facelift of the Mk2, but it’s in fact a completely new car, with a new chassis, new engines and plenty of new tech. It’s a bit bigger than it used to be, to meet pedestrian crash regs and improve luggage space, but sitting in the back is still an experience that would cramp contortionists. Interior quality is a big step forwards, with grade-A materials and finish, and most important of all it’s still fun to drive. Great new 1.5-litre triple cylinder engines are hamstrung slightly by over-long gear ratios – blame the need for low emissions and high mpg figures.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Rivals to consider
Audi A1, Citroen DS3, Fiat 500
Feels twice as expensive as before, just as fun to drive
Still cramped in the back, overly long gear ratios