The Mini Cooper has been a British icon since it was first launched in 1959. This week has marked the fifteen-year anniversary of the BMW group’s relaunch of the brand on April 26, 2001. With more than 2.5 million models sold in over 110 countries worldwide since, it’s clear that the ‘new Mini’ is a winner.
However, with seven variants of the traditional three-door hatch (and six more models on top of that), choosing the right Mini for you may seem like a daunting task.
But fear not; here at Motors.co.uk we have picked out three different trims of the hatch, taking three different price points into account.
The smart choice for saving money – Mini One
It may be basic, and surprisingly cheap – prices start from £13,935 – but the Mini One features everything the daily driver wants for, plus more.
With an efficient 1.2 litre, three-cylinder engine that puts out 102hp and 180 Nm of torque, the Mini One is small, yet powerful. A top speed of 121mph is achievable, and it takes just 9.9 seconds for this model to reach 62 mph from a standstill. On top of that, it is impressively efficient, producing 108g/km and a combined mpg of 61.4.
A host of technological and security equipment comes as standard in the One, including air condition, a DAB digital radio, Bluetooth handsfree function and a Thatcham 1 alarm.
The smart choice for value – Mini Cooper D
Starting from £16,635 – just £2,700 more than its base spec sibling – the Mini Cooper D is both fast and frugal, with a top speed of 127mph, 0 – 60mph acceleration achievable in 9.2 seconds and a combined fuel consumption of 78.5mpg.
The 1.5 litre, three-cylinder diesel engine produces 116hp and 270Nm of torque, and is linked to a manual transmission.
Seventeen inch Track Spoke alloy wheels and fifteen inch Heli Spoke wheels – both in silver – can be selected on the Cooper D for no additional cost, while in the cabin, a DAB digital tuner and Bluetooth handsfree function with USB audio can be found.
The smart choice for technophiles – Mini John Cooper Works
What’s not to love about Mini’s John Cooper Works? Named after the pioneer of the sporty Mini Cooper, the JCW certainly lives up to its provenance.
With a 231bhp, 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine under the bonnet that puts out 320Nm of torque via a six-speed manual gearbox, the JCW is every boy racer’s dream. And with a pricetag of just £23,050, it is well within their reach.
While 42.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 155g/km aren’t the frugal figures that are seen in the brand’s other models, the JCW’s 0 – 62 mph acceleration of 6.3 seconds and top speed of 152mph make the sacrifice in efficiency worthwhile.
As standard, this model boasts a rear spoiler, JCW Sports leather steering wheel and sports seats, performance control and attractive JCW race spoke silver wheels.