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Mini hatch

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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 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. This

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.

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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


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: December 2016

79%

ADULT OCCUPANT

73%

CHILD OCCUPANT

66%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

56%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


The Mini Cooper 1.5-litre petrol automatic received a 2.5 star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

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 Honda Civic, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mini hatch has received

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

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

2017

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

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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