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Mini hatch

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Mini hatch

(2014 - present)

    Summary


    The Mini hatch is a small hatchback (although certainly not as small as it used to be) available in three- and five-door body styles. The current model is the third generation of the revitalised Mini under BMW ownership, and most models are built here in the UK.

    The John Cooper Works models are performance hot hatch versions of the Mini hatch. We have a separate page for the JCW models. Meanwhile, Mini models like the Clubman and Countryman are also different vehicles rather than variations of the hatchback.

    A new electric version of the Mini hatch joined the range in early 2020. We have a separate page for that model here.

    The Mini hatch models get generally good to very good reviews from the UK media, with lots of praise for the car’s driving dynamics. However, it is criticised for its often kitschy and heavy-handed approach to British symbolism.

    Interestingly, the new Mini Electric model rates several points lower than the regular petrol/diesel range.

    In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the petrol-engined versions of the Mini hatch ranked 43rd. Diesel versions didn’t make the top 50. In What Car?’s 2021 reliability survey, the Mini hatch was ranked sixth in the list of most reliable small cars, improving from 11th the previous year.

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    Key specifications


    Body style: Three- and five-door hatch
    Engines: petrol, diesel
    Price: From £16,605 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2014
    Last updated: Winter 2020/21
    Replacement due: approx. 2022


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    The Mini hatch was assessed by Euro NCAP in December 2014 and awarded a four-star rating. However, this score expired in January 2021 as the Mini no longer meets the requirements for this score.

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    Model tested: 1.5-litre petrol automatic

    Overall score: 2.5 stars
    Date tested: February 2021
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    Clean Air Index: 4.2 / 10
    Energy Efficiency Index: 4.6 / 10
    Greenhouse Gas Index: 3.8 / 10

    The Mini Cooper 1.5-litre petrol automatic received a 2.5 star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021.

    Green NCAP said: “The Mini hatch is tested here in its latest form and with the three-cylinder turbocharged 1.5 litre petrol engine. The car has a gasoline particulate filter (GPF) and a three-way catalyst and, on the whole, these work well to curb pollutant emissions.

    “NOx is especially well controlled in all tests and the GPF helps to keep particulate number down. Ammonia, NH3, is the weak point and in the high-load highway test emissions of this unregulated greenhouse gas are high enough to negate the positive scores gained for the good control of other pollutants. Energy efficiency is unexceptional. N2O and CH4 are well controlled but emissions of CO2 result in modest scores in the tests.

    “Overall, the car’s indexes are consistent in all three areas of assessment and lead to a 2½ star rating.”

    This rating only applies to the 1.5-litre petrol automatic version of the Mini hatch, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

    Reliability rating

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    The biggest concern is that the most common problem is also the most expensive one – engine issues. The average repair cost is almost £1,200, so it’s worth carefully inspecting a used car or making sure you purchase an extended warranty for your Mini to cover you once the factory new car warranty runs out.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mini hatch has received

    2022

    • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car Interior

    2021

    • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car Interior
    • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Most Fun Car to Drive

    2019

    • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium Supermini

    2018

    • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium Supermini
    • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car over £20,000

    2017

    • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car over £20,000

    2016

    • Auto Express Awards – Best Premium Small Car

    2015

    • Auto Express Awards – Best Premium Small Car

    2014

    • Auto Express Awards – Car of the Year + Best Premium Small Car

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    Mini hatchThe Mini hatch models get generally good to very good reviews from the UK media, with lots of praise for the car's driving dynamics. However, it is criticised for its often kitschy and heavy-handed approach to British symbolism.