But the boot is at least more cleverly packaged, and you wouldn’t want it, or the back seats, any bigger if it meant adding size to the car. Minis should be small, after all, although whether this one is small enough is a matter for personal judgement. It does at least balance interior space against exterior footprint quite well.
Each Mini is relatively well-equipped, with the entry-level One models come with steel wheels, hill start assist, heated and electrically adjustable wing mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, DAB radio and access to Mini's teleservices as standard. Choose a Cooper trimmed Mini and you get 15in alloy wheels and body coloured wing mirror caps added to the package, while Cooper S models acquire 16in alloy wheels, a unique cloth upholstery, air conditioning, a dual-exhaust system, a bonnet scoop, an LED light ring around the central display, a leather clad sports steering wheel and a sports front seats. Air conditioning is available as a no-cost option on the Mini One and Cooper - a box we recommend ticking.
John Cooper Works Minis get more of a makeover than a wealth of additional equipment. Most noticeable is the beefy body kit, which sees large air intakes on the front, and the addition of lightweight alloys. Inside there is a Dinamica upholstery, lots of JCW badging and red stitching and sports seats included as standard, alongside LED headlights, sports suspension and adaptive cruise control. Those keen to snap up a 1499 GT will only get the choice of black or white, with exclusive decals fitted down the sides, and also comes with 17in alloys and Mini's John Cooper Works Chili pack as standard.
As has become accustom with the Mini buying process under BMW's ownership, ticking options has been made simpler through six packs. Those buying a Mini One or Cooper can opt for the Pepper pack, which adds 16in alloy wheels, a sports steering wheel, floor mats, dual-zone climate control, auto lights and wipers, and height adjustable front seats to the hatchback. Mini Cooper and Cooper S owners can opt for the better endowed Chili pack which adds 17in alloys, a multi-function steering wheel, sports front seats, LED head and fog lights, and a part leather upholstery. Those wanting a sporty JCW looking Mini 3dr hatch can tick the John Cooper Works Chili pack which adds 17in lightweight alloys, a beefy bodykit and sports suspension.
The other two packs, we believe are strongly worth considering when speccing up your Mini 3dr hatch are the Media Pack XL, which adds chiefly sat nav, USB connectivity and enhanced Bluetooth, and the Hatch Tech Pack, which adorns the Mini with rear view camera, rear parking sensors, head-up display, and a Harman Kardon stereo system.
Cars fitted with the optional Media Pack feature an 8.8in screen and the latest BMW iDrive (with a Mini user interface). Even without it, hands-free connectivity is standard, and linking a phone is easy. USB and aux-in complete the default inputs, while Mini Connected (another option) adds social media capability via a phone’s internet connection.
The full Mini Navigation System XL is part of the Media Pack. It offers not only the quickest route but also the most fuel efficient, while checking the weather, helping you avoid jams and finding a place to park. This tried and tested BMW tech makes it both intuitive and polished.