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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.

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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
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