MINI hatchback review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Very economical and, if chosen wisely, a very sound buy that will be relatively cheap to own and hold its value well
The MINI has always been quite fuel efficient, but this generation’s range of engines improves things considerably. MINI claims the entry-level 1.5-litre petrol, as tested in the new, more accurate WLTP fuel economy tests, returns 42.8 to 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 119-125g/km.
However, given the extra performance on offer it’s remarkable that the larger 1.5-litre engine in the Cooper is only marginally worse – 42.8-47.1mpg and 119-125g/km.
With its extra performance, the Cooper S naturally fares worse than the Cooper – 47.1mpg and CO2 of 138-139g/km – and even more so with the John Cooper Works which returns 42.8mpg and emits 150g/km.
MINIs fitted with a manual gearbox are cleaner but the new automatic has a coasting function and stop-start, helping to improve day-to-day fuel use.
Specify any MINI with the optional MINI Driving Modes and you’ll be able to choose between Sport, Mid and Green settings. The system alters the parameters of the throttle, steering and air conditioning according to the mode selected. In Green mode it desensitises the accelerator pedal, makes the steering lighter and displays the most economical time to change gears. This helps save fuel.
The MINI’s desirability and BMW servicing costs mean it sits in higher insurance groupings than less ‘premium’ superminis like the Ford Fiesta. Starting in group 13 for a three-door One Classic, the range reaches into group 30 for the JCW model.
One benefit of the MINI’s carefully cultivated premium image is that desirability remains very high relative to its ubiquity on UK roads. Our experts predict that three-door models will retain 47 to 54 per cent of their value come trade-in time after three years or 36,000 miles; five-door models should hold on to 44 to 55 per cent depending on spec.
It’ll be worth a bit more if you’ve chosen your specification and options wisely too, and if it’s a five-door – so be wary of brighter colours and of loading your car with additional kit and accessories, some of which will add no value. Climate control, satellite navigation and fancier wheels are all options that add to a MINI’s appeal and value on the used market.
In this review
- 1MINI hatchback review The latest MINI offers the quality and driver appeal of a baby BMW, but the design is becoming caricatured
- 2Engines, performance and driveA brilliant range of engines and one of the best small car driving experiences there is – but comfort suffers
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingVery economical and, if chosen wisely, a very sound buy that will be relatively cheap to own and hold its value well
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe five-door adds significantly more room and practicality, there’s some interesting tech and no loss of typical MINI charm
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe addition of the five-door model adds useful extra space, but this is not a car bought for practicality – or even comfort – reasons
- 6Reliability and SafetyBMW engineered and full of safety equipment, the MINI nonetheless could do better in the reliability and safety stakes