MINI

MINI HATCHBACK 1.5 Cooper Sport II 3dr Auto [Comfort Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2131 g/km

Fresh technology, smarter connectivity and sharper looks 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.

SUPERSIZE ME

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 and sharper looks 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

The key update with this most recently revised model is that it's now possible to order it with adaptive damping - an important option given this car's go-kart-like firm ride, especially with larger wheels. 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. There's a base 1.5-litre model, the One, with 102hp, but if you want your MINI to have a bit of zip, you'll need to start your search for one at Cooper level, where an uprated version of that 1.5-litre petrol unit offers an eager 136hp, 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 192hp, a lot of poke for something so small, with 62mph just 6.8s away. The flagship option in the mainstream range is the 231hp John Cooper Works variant. MINI also offers the option of a 7-speed dual clutch auto gearbox. In recent times, the brand 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.

Design and Build

The styling doesn't look all that different, but close inspection will reveal a range of subtle updates. The front-view is dominated by a larger radiator grille with a black, hexagonal surround, flanked by the hallmark round MINI headlights. The position lights have been replaced by vertical air inlets to optimise aerodynamics and the central bumper strip is now in body colour, rather than black. The wheel arch has new contours, the side indicators have been redesigned to feature LED technology and at the back of the car, the fog light is now integrated into the rear apron as a narrow LED unit. Otherwise, this third generation MINI 3-Door Hatch retains the basic overall body shape that we all know and love, with its 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. Interior updates include the standardisation of MINI's largest 8.8-inch centre touchscreen display and Piano Black high-gloss surfacing. Chrome elements have been significantly reduced throughout the interior with the two outer air outlets framed by black panels. The internal air vents have been completely redesigned and are now embedded to be flush with the interior surface. Plus the sports leather steering wheel has been redesigned and conventional analogue instrument dials have been replaced with a digital display.

Market and Model

MINI these days offers three distinct spec packages with its models - 'Classic', 'Sport' and 'Exclusive' - though you'll only get the first of those if you choose the entry-level MINI One. Prices have risen slightly, which means that the entry-level MINI One in three-door form will cost you from around £16,800; there's no longer a diesel version. For a Cooper Hatch 3-Door, you'll need closer to £20,000 as a minimum. Equipment levels across the range feature items such as ambient lighting, auto headlamps and wipers, 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. MINI has standardised its bigger 8.8-inch central colour infotainment touchscreen, plus auto headlamps and wipers and two-zone automatic air-conditioning. Options include a new multi-tone roof. And 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. The MINI One and the MINI Cooper register up to 51.4mpg combined cycle economy and up to 126g/km of CO2. The punchy Cooper S is fitted with a bigger engine but even here, combined cycle economy is rated at up to 45.6mpg and up to 141g/km of CO2. 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 adaptive damping option is welcome 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.

  • Electric front+rear windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rear window wiper
  • Sun/heat protection glass
  • Rain sensor window wipers

  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Hill start assist

  • Mini E-call
  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming

  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green)

  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation

  • MINI TeleServices
  • Instrument cluster
  • Service interval indicator
  • On board computer

  • High precision injection
  • Double Vanos system
  • Fully variable valve control

  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio
  • 6.5" touchscreen with LED ring

  • Chrome border high gloss black slats radiator grille
  • Model logo Cooper on right of tailgate
  • Body colour fuel filler cap
  • Left exhaust tailpipe with chrome finisher
  • Metal door sill strips with MINI imprint
  • John Cooper Works - aerodynamic kit, front and rear sport bumpers and part-painted side sills with door sill finishers
  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • John Cooper Works rear spoiler

  • Rear fog lights
  • White indicator lenses
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Automatic headlight activation switch
  • Rear LED lights with union jack design

  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • Mini logo projection on floor from drivers exterior mirror
  • Knee roll and door armrests
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • John Cooper Works leather steering wheel with contrasting stitching in Chilli Red with John Cooper Works logo
  • Anthracite headlining with grab handles and clothes hooks
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Glove compartment
  • Cupholders
  • Tool kit
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Multifunction steering wheel

  • Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof
  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats

  • 6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
  • 3 point seatbelts on all four seats
  • Single tone fanfare horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
  • John Cooper Works Logo in seat
  • John Cooper Works adjustable thigh support

  • Start/stop toggle with keyless go
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate

  • Steptronic transmission with double clutch
  • Gear change indicator display
  • Performance Control

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • Noise Level dB(A): 70
  • CO: 0.178
  • HC: 0.038
  • NOx: 0.037
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 116
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 189
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 130
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 112
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 136
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 189
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 193
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 131

  • Engine Code: B38A15M1
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 44.1
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 61.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 46.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.1

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Cooper Sport Cmft Pk
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 79
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 73
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 56
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E

  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 162
  • Engine Torque - NM: 220
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.1
  • Top Speed: 131
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 22.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: TRACK SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 1932
  • Height: 1414
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3821
  • Width: 1727
  • Wheelbase: 2495

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1165
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1595
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 211
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 430
  • Max. Roof Load: 60
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 731
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8

  • Heated front windscreen: £150
  • Darkened rear glass: £250

  • Adaptive suspension: £600
  • Sports suspension: £0

  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • Hazy grey interior trim: Included
  • Piano black interior trim: £160

  • Harman Kardon Hi Fi system with amplifier and 12 speakers: £600
  • 4 speakers in front door trims and underneath front seats: Included

  • Body colour roof and mirror caps: Included
  • MINI Yours special metallic paint: £750
  • Metallic paint: £525
  • Black roof rails: £150
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Electric panoramic glass sunroof: £700
  • Bonnet Stripes - White: £150
  • Bonnet Stripes - Black: £150
  • Special solid paint: £525
  • White roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Black roof and mirror caps: £0

  • LED headlight with closed ring and daytime driving lights: Included
  • Adaptive headlights with matrix function: £500

  • Colour line - Carbon black: Included
  • Colour line - Glowing red with piano black trim: £260
  • Dinamica/Cloth Upholstery with JCW sport seat: Included
  • Cross punch leather upholstery with sport seats: £500
  • Dinamica/Leather upholstery with JCW sport seats: £500

  • Comfort pack - Mini Hatchback: Included
  • Comfort plus pack - Mini Hatchback: £700
  • Driving Assistant pack with Active cruise control - Mini Hatchback: £800

  • Metallic - Starlight Blue: £525
  • Metallic - White silver: £525
  • Metallic - Moonwalk Grey: £525
  • Metallic - Midnight black: £525
  • Metallic - British racing green: £525
  • Metallic - Solaris orange: £525

  • Solid - Pepper White: £0

  • Special solid - Chili red: £525
  • MINI Yours special Metallic - Enigmatic Black: £750

  • Warning triangle and first aid kit: £60

  • Comfort access system: £250

  • Dinamica/cloth - Carbon black with JCW sport seats: £0

  • Cross punch leather - Carbon black with sport seats: £500

  • Dinamica/leather - Carbon black with JCW sport seats: £500

  • 17" John Cooper Works track spoke alloy wheels in black: Included
  • 18" John cooper works cup spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres: £700

  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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