From £11,350
Excellent but pricey little car with great economy and still rock-solid residuals. Now feels sportier.

Our Verdict

Mini Hatch 2006-2014
With a higher waistline and bonnet, new Mini doesn’t look quite as good as its predecessor

The Mini Hatchback is desirable and fun, and it has great re-sale values

  • First Drive

    Mini Cooper SD

    This is the most entertaining oil-burning Mini to join the range. That it’s so frugal is a bonus
  • First Drive

    Mini Cooper S first drive review

    Revised engine brings useful performance and economy gains
5 November 2005

IF THE ORIGINAL Mini One D had a flaw when it slipped into the market early in 2003, it was its leisurely performance.The car wasn’t actually slow, and in any case it was extremely frugal: the engine delivered average fuel consumption close to 60mpg, with a touring range well over 500 miles.

Nevertheless, its slightly stolid character didn’t compare too well with the built-in zing and zip of other Mini models.Now, the Toyota-sourced 1.4 litre diesel (from the Yaris) has been spruced up to offer around 20 per cent more power – 88bhp at 4000 rpm – with no reduction in fuel economy. Torque increases to 140 lb ft at 2000rpm, and the engine drives, as before, through the Mini Cooper S’s six-speed gearbox.

The performance difference isn’t instantly noticeable: the Mini One D has a firm accelerator pedal and you need to give it a decent prod for serious action. Do so, however, and it’s now nearly two seconds faster on a 0-62mph sprint (11.9sec) while the top speed creeps up a little, to 109mph.

The best thing about this car, however, remains the refinement and excellent integration of the quiet, smooth engine. That and the fuel consumption. Petrol-powered Minis aren’t noted for economy, but the One D is a terrific performer.

The price, which moves up an excessive 4.8 per cent to £12,225, will be a hurdle to the many who regard small-capacity diesels as economy cars, but high prices haven’t done much to deter the enthusiasm of buyers up to now, and they probably won’t in this case.

So it’s an appealing car, for sure, but you couldn’t call it great value for money. 

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Car review
    23 September 2016
    Aston kicks off its ‘second century plan’ with an all-new turbo V12 grand tourer
  • Ford Ka+ 1.2 Ti-VCT 85
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    A rounded, refined and well-sorted bargain supermini – once you’re used to the confusing role redefinition imposed on the once-cheeky Ka
  •  Maserati Ghibli Diesel
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    Maserati releases another range of updates for its range best seller, the Ghibli. We've driven the diesel version, but there's little improvement on before
  • Tipo Front
    First Drive
    21 September 2016
    New Fiat Tipo offers impressive space and practicality for a reasonable price. We try the 1.6 diesel on the demanding roads of North Wales
  • Seat Ateca 1.4 TSI 150
    First Drive
    20 September 2016
    The Seat Ateca 1.4 TSI 150 makes perfect sense: it's spacious, tidy to drive for an SUV and cheap to run