What is it?
The least expensive way into ownership of BMW’s third-generation Mini three-door hatch.
The Mini One gets a new three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, which replaces the old 1.6-litre naturally aspirated unit found in the previous-generation Mini hatch.
The engine is essentially a reduced capacity version of the new 1.5-litre turbo triple found in the Cooper hatch, retaining features such as direct injection and stop-start.
What's it like?
The One might be the entry-level Mini, but in its own way it feels just as special as the Cooper and Cooper S models higher up the range.
There’s no skimping on the quality of the materials in the cabin, and you’re not left with myriad gaps and fake buttons on the centre console. The story is the same for the exterior style; it doesn't look like a poverty spec car.
The engine is a belter. It sounds good, has strong in-gear acceleration, and feels quicker off the line than the 0-62mph time of 9.9sec suggests. It’s mated to a sweet six-speed manual gearbox, which is slick shifting and pleasurable to use both in town and when attacking your favourite B-road.