For years MINIs enjoyed the best residual values in the entire car market, making them very savvy investments for car-mad supermini buyers. By mixing stylish retro looks with entertaining handling and low running costs, the MINI brand has struck automotive gold and the 1.6 Cooper D is a sure-fire hit.
Opting for the Chili Pack boosts resale values as it adds vital kit such as sports seats, automatic air-con, Bluetooth and a trip computer. It packs a modest 110bhp but performance is still lively (0-62mph in 9.7 seconds) and the benefits in terms of running costs make the MINI one of the cheapest cars to run in our entire countdown. Low CO2 emissions of 99g/km ensure tax-free status, while 74.3mpg at the pumps mean you won’t have to put your hands in your pockets for diesel very often, either.
Rounding off the low-cost deal is the excellent MINI tlc servicing pack, which wraps up annual maintenance costs in an affordable one-off payment.