Whether it's the brand heritage, the quirky styling or small size, there's no denying that the UK loves Minis - and the best bargains can be found for as little as £1500. Here are our top five.
1 - Mini Convertible (2004-2008)
Mini’s first effort at chopping the roof off was a success: the Convertible is well made and a rather imaginative affair.
It remains a cool car to own and is cheap to run, albeit not as much fun to drive as the hatch. It may not have much room for a weekly shop and the rear seats are near useless, but it’s a stylish way to get a tan.
Reliability is reasonable, although the roof cables can break in early models and cost £800-£900 to replace. The Convertible can also be prone to the same power steering and gearbox issues as the hatchback.
We found a 2006 Cooper S example with 61,000 miles on the clock at £4750 from a private seller.
2 - Mini Clubman (2007-2015)
If there was ever a car to split opinion, it is the Clubman, a five-door estate car featuring three unconventional doors.
It has a stretched wheelbase and the same spec and engine options as the hatch. The ‘Clubdoor’ behind the driver is an interesting talking point, but you have to push the front seat forward to allow reasonable access to the back. Also, the door is on the ‘wrong’ side for UK cars, opening into the traffic, not the kerb.
Still, the two ‘barn doors’ at the rear make the boot very easy to load and unload. You get more space than in most Mini models. There are no well-known reliability issues with this model, either.