Front and rear LED lights are among the striking features of the new models, with the rear taillights gaining a Union Jack motif. The British origin of the Cowley-built MINI are clearly part of its appeal both in the UK and overseas. There’s a new version of the MINI badge on the bonnet with the exterior colour showing beneath the ‘wings’, too. New colours in the range are Solaris Orange, Starlight Blue and Emerald Grey and you can choose from an even wider range of decorative graphics to personalise your MINI.


Standard equipment on the MINI 3-door includes a multi-function steering wheel and a 6.5in colour infotainment screen with Bluetooth connectivity. This can be upgraded with sat-nav and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring. The Navigation Plus upgrade has a larger 8.8in screen and adds wireless mobile phone charging, real-time traffic information and other connected services.


MINI’s safety features include Dynamic Stability and Traction Control to provide the optimum grip on all driving surfaces, with Dynamic Stability Control intervening to keep the vehicle on line by applying braking force to individual wheels. The optional MINI Driving Assistant offers a camera-based active cruise control to monitor traffic in front and apply the brakes if it slows. Other safety technology includes Pedestrian Warning and Collision Mitigation, which scan the streets and apply the brakes if they detect trouble ahead.


MINI One powertrain has been replaced by a three-cylinder 1.5-litre Twin-Power turbo petrol engine. This gives a respectable 10.1 sec 0-62mph time and is the most efficient petrol engine with 57.6mpg in the combined cycle and 111g/km CO2. Cooper and Cooper S engines are 1.5 and 2.0 litres respectively, and the performance flagship John Cooper Works can cover 0-62mph in 6.3 sec. There’s also a 134bhp diesel engine for the Cooper One D delivering 99g/km CO2 and a combined mpg of 76.3.

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