Mini Hatch

4/5
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Verdict

MINI has been in the hearts and minds of the masses for decades now. Somehow, even BMW managed to keep the momentum going when they took over. They've managed to create a new quirkiness to maintain the number of MINI fans. The MINI John Cooper Works is for fans of the brand who like a bit more oomph with their driving.

Performance

The MINI John Cooper Works is the most powerful MINI ever produced. For just over €36,000 the JCW carries a 2.0 litre TwinPower Turbo engine that produces a whopping 320Nm of torque and 231 hp. Putting the foot down from the off should bring you from 0-100km/h in a very fast 6.1 seconds and surprisingly this is from their six-speed Steptronic gearbox. In general, we would say to opt for a car like this with a manual box, but the automatic is very sweet. The manual offering is a 6-speed and it'll bring you from 0-100km/h in 6.3 seconds. The automatic offering includes launch control, which helps to deliver the speed quicker than the manual.

Ride & Handling

MINI claims that this offering is much improved on the last. We've only managed to drive this on the open road and the grip on offer is more than satisfying. Steering is very responsive too and MINI uses bespoke axle kinematics to achieve this. This eliminates torque steer. Between torque steer compensation and improved dynamic stability control, taking bends is extremely simple.

Refinement

The interior shows the German precision that you would expect from anything made by BMW and the MINI has that precision with a touch of fun. The cabin is clean and crisp and the main noises you hear are the sweet sounds that the engine makes.

Quality & Reliability

Plastics within the vehicle are far from cheap in appearance and feel end it's clear that a lot of effort went into the cabin's feel. The infotainment system is intuitive too.

Safety & Security

The MINI Cooper scored 4 stars in the Euro NCAP in 2014 and much of the systems in use are the same in the John Cooper Works - especially the added drive systems. It scored 79% for adult occupancy and 73% for child occupancy.

Space & Practicality

Anyone who buys a MINI is not necessarily looking for space for a buggy, seven suitcases, and a week's shopping. That is not what this car is about. Of course it's not as practical as let's say an estate or an MPV, but as supermini's go this has a good sized boot and four adults could fit inside without too much effort - however, it's a much better cruiser for two.

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Key Facts

New Price
€20,900
Make

Mini

Model
Mini Hatch
Variant
MINI One
First year of model production
2014
Engine (L)
1.2
Transmission
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback

Running Costs

Tax
€190
Tax Band
A3
Average Cost Per 200km
€10.07
Cost of filling a tank
€52.56
Average L/100km
3.8
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
40
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1044
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
109
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
102
Top Speed
195 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
9.9
Cylinders
3
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Torque
150

Space & Practicality

Doors
3
Seats
4
Boot capacity (L)
211
Kerb weight
1085
Tyre Size Front
175/65 R15 84H
Tyre Size Back
175/65 R15 84H
Wheel Base
2495

Warranty

Warranty All Components
3 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Warranty Car Body
12 Year warranty
Warranty Paintwork
3 Year warranty
Warranty Mileage
No distance limit
Warranty Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
4

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The latest MINI is grown-up and more like a baby BMW than ever – especially the practical five-door.
Top Gear
One glance says it's the Mini: successor to the Mini, and the Mini before that. But this is no mere re-skin.
What Car
One glance says it's the Mini: successor to the Mini, and the Mini before that. But this is no mere re-skin.

Dimensions

Boot capacity
211 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
175/65 R15 84H mm
Tyre size back
175/65 R15 84H mm
Rim size
5.5J × 15 mm
Length
3821 mm
Width
1727 mm
Height
1414 mm
Wheel Base
2495 mm
Front Track (mm)
1414 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1501 mm
Kerb weight
1085 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1565 KG
Turning circle (m)
10.8 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
102 bhp