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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.

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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.

Insurance groups

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.

Depreciation

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.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5 One Classic II 3dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £15,445

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 One Classic II 3dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £15,445

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 John Cooper Works GP II 3dr Auto [8 Speed]
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £33,895
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