The Mini owner saves £1600 by opting for a Works 210 instead of a John Cooper Works three-door and pays £2600 more than for a standard Cooper S, but also less than if picking the car’s various mechanical augmentations one by one out of the JCW tuning catalogue.

Comparison with the JCW factory model is of little importance anyway considering the Works 210 is a better-balanced and more appealing driver’s car.

Richard Lane

Road tester
Mini’s residuals not what they were a decade ago but still strong enough to make rivals from Renault and DS look pricey

It’s actually quite competitively priced against its rivals. At least, the base price is. At which point, of course, you have to be ready to spend another several thousand pounds on kit like a premium infotainment system, premium audio, parking sensors and the like. With the Mini’s opponents, you won’t need to spend half as much on options.

Works 210 owners will see some of their initial outlay returned over the life of their cars in the shape of better residual values than they might have otherwise experienced, but this is sure to be a relatively expensive car to own.

Insurance costs, though, could be worse: rated in group 30, the Works 210 should be cheaper to insure than a Peugeot 208 GTI, DS3 Performance or Audi S1.

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