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Mini hatch

(2014 - present)

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 are building a separate page for the JCW models, so check back soon. 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.

Body style: Three- and five-door hatch
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £16,195 on-road

Launched: Summer 2014
Last updated: Spring 2018
Replacement due: approx. 2022

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: December 2016

79%

ADULT OCCUPANT

73%

CHILD OCCUPANT

66%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

56%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco Rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Mini hatchback range has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic. It is due to resume in the second half of the year.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mini hatch has received

2018

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car over £20,000 (5-door Cooper Chili Media XL)
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Premium Supermini of the Year

2017

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car over £20,000 (5-door Cooper Chili Media)

2016

  • Auto Express Awards – Premium Small Car of the Year

2015

  • Auto Express Awards – Premium Small Car of the Year

2014

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

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