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MINI hatchback review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The MINI offers strong economy and, if specced carefully, should be a very sound buy that will hold its value well

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs Rating

4.4 out of 5

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The MINI has always been quite fuel efficient, but this generation’s range of engines improves things considerably. Although now discontinued, MINI claims the entry-level 1.5-litre One model is capable of returning a maximum 52.3mpg, with CO2 emissions from 122g/km. However, given the extra performance on offer it’s remarkable that the more powerful 1.5-litre engine in the Cooper is only marginally worse – 51.4mpg and 125g/km of CO2.

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With its extra performance, the Cooper S naturally isn't as economical as the Cooper – 48.7mpg and CO2 of 133g/km – and even more so with the John Cooper Works model which returns 42.8mpg and emits 151g/km.

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, which can help to save fuel.

If you really want to save on fuel costs there's the MINI Electric which is able to cover around 140 miles on a single charge.

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 29 for the JCW model and group 37 for the JCW GP model. The MINI Electric occupies the middle ground in groups 22 to 23.

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 the three-door models will retain an average of 56 per cent of their value after three years and 36,000 miles, with the Cooper S Sport and Resolute Edition models the strongest performers on 60 per cent.

It's worth bearing in mind that decisions on colour and trim can affect MINI values, so choose wisely when you come to buy. 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 3dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £16,645

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 One Classic 3dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £16,645

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 John Cooper Works Anniversary Edition 3dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £34,365
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