You have to hand it to BMW: it has done a great job of reinventing and nurturing a beloved British brand.

It could have been another debacle like the Rover 75, but it has turned out to be a great British success story, one that many rival car makers are still trying to emulate. The Mini has proved that it’s possible to sell a small car with a premium price tag, as long as it’s presented in the right way.

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The Mini is one of those cars that you buy for no other reason than because you want one. It’s expensive for a small and impractical three-door hatch, but feels like it’s worth every penny, especially at the bottom end of the range.

And in a way it is, because it’s engineered to an incredibly high standard, to the extent that BMW had to make some cost-cutting measures with the Mk2 because the Mk1 was so expensive to build.