The BMW-made supermini offers some of the most efficient yet characterful engines in the small car market. It stands out for its iconic retro looks, echoing the style of older generation models, but the Mini is about more than looks. Its handling is sharp and the performance gutsy.
Reasons to buy Minis
- Brilliant to drive
- Hold their value
- Retro style
What you need to know about Minis
Best described as a smile-inducing experience, the Mini is a driver’s car. Plenty of feedback through the seat and steering wheel, it also boasts minimal body roll and predictable handing. It’s well glued to the road, even when you’re driving enthusiastically – something that’s hard not to do when you’re behind the wheel of a car this fun.
Since the Mini was resurrected in the early 2000s, appeal has skyrocketed. It’s not just the hatchback whose road presence is noticeable. The increasingly popular other models – Clubman, Convertible, Countryman and Paceman – bring the BMW-influenced class and fun to models to suit various lifestyles. The Countryman, for instance, is part Golf-competitor, part crossover SUV. It’s something Mini owners with growing families can move into.
What you need to watch out for
After all, the hatchback isn’t a practical choice for families. It works best for two people – any more and it gets a bit squished. It’s one of the main downsides, and where some competitors take the edge. The Clubman offers more room, but is by no means a practical estate as its chunkier image might imply.
With Minis, you’ve got to be careful you’re not wooed by their good looks and quality feel. The car has still got to work for your lifestyle.
Our review found the hatchback one of the best in its class, but it was the Cooper S that really won us over. It steps forward to show there’s substance behind the style, silencing any critics who said the manufacturer milked the original icon.
With rapid acceleration and addictive handling, it’s got bucket loads of chuck-it-about, smile-on-the-face appeal. See for yourself by browsing Minis with Exchange & Mart today.