Design refresh and new features boost appeal of enduringly popular hatch
Since its rebirth under BMW ownership, this enduring icon of Britishness has gained fans all over the world. The combination of instantly recognisable style (with its overtones of ‘60s chic), go-kart handling and a wide range of personalisation options has make MINI a smash hit at home and abroad. Wisely, owners BMW keep the formula fresh and for 2018 the MINI hatch gains subtle revisions to its design, a new choice of engines and plenty of fresh tech for the interior.
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.
For 2018, the MINI gains not a redesign but a thorough refresh.
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 Pepper Pack adds 15in alloy wheels, automatic headlights, climate control and rear parking sensors to the standard specification, while the Chili Pack includes 17in alloys, part-leather upholstery, a sports steering wheel and Sport driving mode.
For the 2018 models, the 1.2-litre petrol MINI One powertrain has been replaced by a three-cylinder 1.5-litre Twin-Power turbo petrol engine.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.
As well as a standard six-speed manual transmission, a new seven-speed dual-clutch Steptronic transmission is an option on most models and the John Cooper Works model has the option of an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
MINI’s formula of agile handling, eye-catching design and day-to-day practicality is a winning one, and the latest revisions keep it up with all the latest technology. A wide range of engines, options packs and design enhancements mean there’s a MINI for every taste and every driver, whether young or young at heart.
|Dimensions (MINI One 3-Door Hatch)|
|Vehicle length||3821 mm|
|Vehicle width (inc. Door Mirrors)||1932 mm|
|Vehicle height||1414 mm|
|Luggage Capacity (litres)||211 - 731|
Engine Capacity||1499 cc|
|Max Torque||190 Nm / 1350 - 3600 rpm|
|Max Power||102 hp|
|Top Speed||121 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 10.1 sec|
|Combined cycle||57.6 mpg|
|Urban cycle||47.1 mpg|