MINI hatchback review - more tech, more efficient, but still fun - Prices, specs and rivals

Fashionable supermini retains its sense of fun, with improved practicality and economy

Evo rating
Price
from £13,750
  • Fun to drive, punchy engines, more cabin space
  • Firm ride, questionable styling

Prices, specs and rivals

Opt for the basic 1.2 One and resist the company’s huge list of options, and you’ll pay £13,750 to put a new Mini on your driveway. Many evo readers will be more interested in the £15,300 Cooper, and many buyers will then spend another £890 on the Pepper Pack (leather steering wheel, dual-zone aircon, rain-sensing wipers and more) or £2250 Chili Pack (all the above plus half-leather trim, 16in alloys, sports seats and Mini driving modes), so a figure in the £17,000 range is likely.

You could of course spend another grand on the £18,655 Mini Cooper S (£465 more than before), which offers similar performance to cars like the Peugeot 208 GTI and Renaultsport Clio 200 for a few hundred quid less. A Fiesta ST is cheaper still, but what the Mini lacks in outright fun next to Ford’s hot hatch gem, it offers in kerb appeal to those not taken by the Ford’s heavy-handed bodykit and slightly naff interior.

PricePowerTorqueGearbox0-60mph (claimed)Top speed (claimed)
Mini Cooper S£18,655189bhp206lb ft6-speed manual6.8sec146mph
Ford Fiesta ST£17,250180bhp214lb ft6-speed manual6.9sec139mph
Peugeot 208 GTI£18,900197bhp203lb ft6-speed manual6.8sec143mph
Renaultsport Clio 200£18,995197bhp177lb ft6-speed DCT6.7sec143mph

Most Popular

Prodrive P25 teased – continuation Subaru Impreza WRX STI on its way
P25 teaser
Subaru

Prodrive P25 teased – continuation Subaru Impreza WRX STI on its way

Maker of the P1 and a key facilitator of Subaru’s rally heritage, Prodrive is working on a very special new project
19 May 2022
BMW M4 Competition v Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
BMW M4 Competition v Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Coupes

BMW M4 Competition v Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

With 760bhp, the latest Shelby GT500 is Ford’s fruitiest Mustang ever, and it’s got chassis chops to match. But can it get the measure of BMW’s new M4…
21 May 2022
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe is the most expensive car in the world
Mercedes 300 SLR – side
Mercedes

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe is the most expensive car in the world

One of two 300 SLR Uhlenhauts has been sold from Merc’s own collection for £114,000,000
20 May 2022