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18 MINI Hatchback1.5 Cooper II 3dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Acoustic seat-belt warningBasic bluetooth function with USB audio
Brake fluid level warning lightBrake pad wear indicator warning light
DTC - Dynamic traction controlExterior temperature gauge
Intelligent emergency callMINI TeleServices
Oil level indicatorOn board computer
Push button starterService interval indicator
Servotronic PAS 

Entertainment

Auxiliary input socketDAB digital radio module

Exterior Features

2 speed wipers+intermittent wipeAnti dazzle mirror
Anti trapping/one touch open close front windowsBody coloured bumpers
Chrome bezels around rear lights and headlightsChrome door handles
Chrome exhaust tailpipeChrome grille surround
Chrome plated trim on bottom edge of windowChrome strip on lower grille
Electric front windowsElectric rear windows
Electrically adjustable door mirrorsFlared wheel arches
Follow me home headlightsGreen tinted heat insulating glass
Heated door mirrors/heated windscreen washersHeated rear window with auto timer
High gloss black tailgateLED fog lights
LED rear lightsRear wiper
Side scuttlesWhite indicator lights

Interior Features

2 rear head restraints4 boot load lashing points
4 way manually adjustable passenger seat6-way manually adjustable driver's seat
Active carbon filterAdjustable front seats backrest
Air recirculation systemAuxiliary socket in centre console storage compartment
Centre console storageDriver's seat height adjuster
Driver/passenger sunvisorsEasy entry seats
Front and rear cupholdersFront head restraints
Front passenger grab handleGear/selector and handbrake in artificial leather
Internal chrome door handlesIsofix child seat preparation
Luggage compartment lightingMultifunction steering wheel
Reach + rake adjustable steering columnRear grab handles
Rear storage traysSplit folding rear seats
Storage compartments in doorsToolkit in luggage compartment

Safety

3 point seatbelts3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS/EBDASC+T
CBC - (Cornering brake control)Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
Driver and passenger airbagsDriver/front passenger side airbags
DSC-Dynamic Stability ControlFuel cut off safety device
Head airbagsHill start assist
Passenger airbag deactivation systemSeatbelt pretensioners
Tyre pressure warningVentilated front disc brakes

Security

Drive away door lockingLocking wheel bolts
Remote central locking/doors+fuel cap+tailgateSecond remote key
Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser 

Technical

Electronic differential lock
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.155CO2 (g/km)122
HC0.036NOx0.009
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1499Compression Ratio11.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82Cylinders - Stroke (mm)94.6
Engine CodeB38A15M1Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO INJECTIONGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves12TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)52.3EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)62.8EC Urban (mpg)41.5

General

Badge Engine CC1.5Badge Power136
Coin SeriesCooper IIInsurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0719E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %79NCAP Child Occupant Protection %73
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 094NCAP Pedestrian Protection %66
NCAP Safety Assist %56Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.9Engine Power - BHP136
Engine Power - KW100Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4500Engine Torque - LBS.FT162
Engine Torque - MKG22.4Engine Torque - NM220
Engine Torque - RPM1480Top Speed130

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front175/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear175/65 R15Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleHELI SPOKEWheel Type15" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1414Length3821
Wheelbase2495Width1727
Width (including mirrors)1932 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)40Gross Vehicle Weight1565
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)731Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)211
Max. Loading Weight455Max. Roof Load60
Minimum Kerbweight1110No. of Seats4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.8
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

MINI hatch

This third generation MINI 3-Door Hatch has been usefully improved - though not beyond recognition. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Fresh technology, smarter connectivity, standard-fit front and rear LED lights across the range and an advanced dual-clutch automatic gearbox are amongst the highlight changes made to this revised MINI 3-Door Hatch model. If you liked it before, you'll really like it now.

Background

For a car that's been so successful, the modernday MINI seems to have nevertheless disgruntled quite a few people. "Look at the size of it," snort its detractors. "That's no Mini. It's a front-wheel drive BMW in disguise," they scoff. They might well have a point and if you're to embrace and enjoy the current day 3-Door hatch version of this MINI, it's best you think of it as a car completely different to the original, merely cribbing some of its design cues. That's because the modern era MINI has grown, since it was re-launched at the turn of the century and even more since this MK3 model was first introduced in 2014. That it now measures 3821mm in length and it's 1727mm wide which will have some up in arms, but let's keep a sense of proportion. It's still shorter than a 1990s Ford Fiesta, a vehicle hardly recognised as a leviathan amongst cars. The key themes in developing this current car have been to retain the look while improving quality, refinement and efficiency. Some smart technology has crept in which is sure to be popular. Although it looks much the same, be under no illusions: this latest model is a massively improved vehicle.

Driving Experience

Nothing's fundamentally changed engine-wise, though the base petrol unit fitted to the entry-level MINI One has gone up in size from 1.2 to 1.5-litres, increasing torque by 10Nm to 190Nm. MINI also says that minor changes have been made to its TwinPower Turbo Technology across the board, improving engine electronics, oil supply, intake air ducting, the cooling set-up and the exhaust system. Perhaps most significant though is the news that the brand has at last got around to fitting in a proper dual-clutch auto gearbox for those wanting a self-shifter, this now a 7-speed unit. Otherwise, it's as you were, all based on a chassis that's BMW's clever UKL1 platform, which also underpins a number of front-wheel drive BMW models. If you want your MINI to have a bit of zip, you'll need to start your search for one at Cooper level, where a 1.5-litre petrol unit offers an eager 136bhp, gets you to 62mph in 7.9s and arguably represents the sweet spot in the range. Then there's the Cooper S, with a 2.0-litre petrol engine putting out a useful 192bhp, a lot of poke for something so small, with 62mph just 6.8s away. The flagship option is the 231bhp John Cooper Works variant. On to the diesels. The range starts with a 95bhp 1.5-litre unit fitted to the MINI One D. As before, there's also a Cooper diesel option, this time the 1.5-litre diesel with 116bhp, scuttling you to 62mph in just 9.2 seconds. Top of the diesel ine-up is the 168bhp Cooper SD with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel unit good for 62mph in 7.8s en route to 134mph and 360Nm of torque. The suspension of this MINI has been mostly built from aluminium to save weight. There's also Variable Damper Control. Available as an option, it offers drivers a choice of two distinct set-ups, a more comfort-oriented response or a focused, sporty feel.

Design and Build

The styling doesn't look all that different, but close inspection will reveal the addition of standard-fit LED front and rear lights, plus there's now extra scope for all-important personalisation. Get out the tape measure and you'll find that this MK3 design is actually larger than you might think, thanks to a wheelbase exension of 28mm over its predecessor. These proportions give it quite a squat, purposeful look, helped by the tapered glasshouse. It's a touch larger than you might expect inside too - or at last it is provided you haven't been consigned to a rather cramped seat in the back: if that's an issue, you ought to be considering the alternative five-door version of this model - or perhaps the MINI Countryman SUV. Still, access to the rear isn't too bad and the rear bench seat splits 60:40. Boot volume is a supermini-like 211-litres. There's also decent interior stowage space, with cupholders and storage cubbies. Various fresh trimming options are available and a 6.5-inch colour infotainment screen and a multi-function steering wheel are both now fitted as standard.

Market and Model

Prices are much as before, which means that the entry-level MINI One can still be yours in three-door form from around £15,000, with a premium of around £1,200 if you want the diesel version. For a Cooper Hatch you'll pay just over £16,000, with the same kind of premium for the pokey Cooper SD diesel. At the top of the range, you'll need to allow a budget of nearly £20,000 for the Cooper S Hatch, once you've allowed for a few well chosen extras. Still, that doesn't seem too much of an exorbitant sum for such a quick and capable car. Equipment levels feature items such as keyless go, ISOFIX child seat fixings front and rear and Bluetooth. The MINI hatch buying proposition has always been about tailoring the car to your personal tastes, so you might well indulge in extras like body stripes, a John Cooper Works spoiler and contrasting mirrors. You can also choose from technology such as a head-up display, a MINI Navigation System, MINI Connect telematics and traffic sign recognition. The MINI Touch Controller allows you to write individual letters that the system then recognises when you're trying to input a sat nav destination for instance. You can also upgrade the standard 6.5-inch central infotainment display to a rather more special 8.8-inch colour screen. Other options include two-zone automatic air-conditioning, heated front seats, a panoramic glass roof, a visibility package including windscreen heating, rain sensors, automatic light control, a Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and a sports leather steering wheel. You can also spend your money on Park Distance Control, electrically heated and folding exterior mirrors, and an automatic anti-dazzle function for the interior and exterior mirrors. As you can see, the base retail price is just an opening gambit.

Cost of Ownership

Manufacturers can't launch a car these days without trumpeting on about lighter weight, lower emissions and better economy - and so it proves with the latest MINI. As you might well expect, the Cooper D gets the best figures, managing around 80mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km. The Cooper registers 58.9mpg economy. The punchy Cooper S is fitted with a bigger engine but even here, combined cycle economy is rated at 54.3mpg. It's also worth noting that the automatic gearboxes don't impose a huge penalty in efficiency. A further innovation lies with the MINI Driving Modes, another optional extra. Using a rotary switch at the base of the gearstick or selector lever, drivers can swap from the default MID mode to either SPORT or GREEN. The three choices offer a set-up which is either performance-oriented, comfort-biased or geared towards fuel efficiency. The latter includes a coasting mode when the driver removes their foot from the accelerator pedal. MINI Driving Modes also influence the ambient lighting, shift characteristics of the automatic transmission and the Variable Damper Control - if that extra cost option is selected.

Summary

So what's happened to this MINI hatch? It's become better finished, the auto transmission option is now at last up to date and there are a great many more high-tech options to select from. That said, despite changing so much under the skin, it feels very much a case of as you were, the brand perhaps a little cautious of alienating either existing owners or potential new customers with something radical. Don't let that make you think we're underwhelmed by this MINI. It's still a great hatch and the latest changes give it some legs to continue the success story. The prices look very reasonable at the moment, but to get the best from this car, you'll probably want to throw a few of those high-end options at it, so budget accordingly and take that into account when you're calculating your cost of ownership numbers. The MINI might have grown up but it doesn't look as if it's lost its sense of fun.

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
60%
Styling
70%
Build
80%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
70%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£199
Deposit£499
Term (months)47
Fixed interest rate3%
Cash price£13,998
Credit amount£13,499
Arrangement fee£1
Guaranteed future value£6324
Total amount payable£16,272
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge5.0p per mile
Representative APR5.8%
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