With greatly improved fuel economy and reduced emissions, not to mention peerless residuals in the class, the new Mini makes a convincing case for itself here. Almost all the models are impressively efficient, peaking at 74.3mpg in the One D, but the 65.7mpg of the potent Cooper SD is also not to be sniffed at, given the level of performance.

The base First retails at a seemingly reasonable £11,810, but look more closely at the pricing structure and it’s easy to let the price soar. You really need to head towards the £13,400 One or even up to the £14,840 Cooper to get a Mini with real desirability and some decent standard kit. The First doesn’t offer alloy wheels as standard, for instance.

The toggle switches stay — a simple retro touch, but much cooler than mere buttons.

Mini offers good value packages to help keep the overall purchase down, including the Pepper pack that brings with it desirable leather trim and the Chili pack that offers a multifunction three-spoke steering wheel and extra interior storage. The TLC servicing option, which offers five years of servicing for a fixed cost, is another must-have. The TLC XL package looks even better value, offering eight years/80,000 miles of servicing for £275.

But considering the vast range of further options and personalisation available, the £20k-plus Mini is no doubt an everyday occurrence.

As for insurance, the Mini’s disparity of model choices leads to a wide range of groups. At one end of the scale is the bargain group eight First; at the other is the group 36 JCW model, greater than a VW Golf GTI, for instance.

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