MINI Hatchback (2014 -) Review

Review by Keith Jones on
Last Updated: 16 Mar 2015
4.5
If you think the all-new MINI Hatch looks remarkably like the previous one, then you’re not alone, although this one is completely new from the ground up. Larger but still MINI Bigger in every external direction, the new three-door Hatch will spawn a wide variety of models, including replacements for the current derivatives with the addition of a five-door hatchback.

MINI Hatchback (14 on)
  • Faster yet more efficient
  • Improved fit and finish
  • More interior space
  • Remains fun to drive
  • Still a pricy choice
  • Rear seat remains cramped
  • Expensive options
  • More steering feel needed

New price range:

£16,200 - £37,345

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Used price range:

£4,492 - £30,001

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

If you think the all-new MINI Hatch looks remarkably like the previous one, then you’re not alone, although this one is completely new from the ground up.

Larger but still MINI

Bigger in every external direction, the new three-door Hatch will spawn a wide variety of models, including replacements for the current derivatives with the addition of a five-door hatchback.

At 3,821mm long, it’s 98mm longer (the Cooper S is 3,850mm long), 44mm wider and 7mm taller than than the outgoing hatch. Overall interior space is more generous than before too but those in the back might be hard-pressed to tell.

Despite the increased size, it’s still recognisably MINI with a familiar shape to the grille, headlights, ‘floating roof’ and rear lights – although those are much wider than previous incarnations.

If anything it looks sportier in profile; the roofline tapers more aggressively towards the rear.

New technology inside

Inside, the central instrument binnacle no longer contains the speedometer but instead the infotainment system’s details with the speedo located behind the steering wheel next to the rev counter.

The central display now has a multi-coloured LED surround to it which illuminates differently depending on the car’s settings, such as how close the parking sensors detect an obstacle is to the car.

Five-door version available

For the first time, a five-door (four doors and a hatchback tailgate) version of the MINI Hatchback has been made available, joining the range in October 2014. Previously the MINI Hatch was three-door only. You get the same choice of engines and equipment grades whether you pick a three- or five-door car.

Efficient, turbocharged engines

Three tiers of MINIness are available from launch – One, Cooper and Cooper S, available with a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, the latter identified with a ‘D’ suffix.

One and One D models are fitted with three-cylinder 1.2-litre motors producing 101bhp and 94bhp respectively. The One D is the most efficient too with a claimed 83.1mpg and just 89g/km of CO2.

Move to the Cooper and Cooper D versions, which MINI expects to account for a combined 48 percent of new Hatch sales, and the three-cylinder motors are of 1.5-litre capacity. The Cooper produces 134bhp, the Cooper D 114bhp.

Topping the range from launch is the four-cylinder, 2.0-litre petrol Cooper S offering significantly greater performance with 189bhp available, giving a sprint to 62mph time of 6.8 seconds.

An automatic transmission is available on all but the One D and all MINI Hatches come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard.

Sporty and premium small hatchback

Prices have climbed marginally for the new MINI Hatch range but don’t forget this is a premium product. The entry-level MINI Hatch One costs from £13,750 and being part of the BMW empire it’s no surprise that there’s a wealth of expensively-priced options too.

This all-new model is available to order now – read on for the Parkers full MINI Hatch review.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

4.5 out of 5

Green credentials

4.5 out of 5

Buying new

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 In no way can a Mini 3 door hatch be called practical apart from the fact that its size makes it very easy to park.  

5 out of 5

Timothy Prince ,   15 Apr 2016    ... read more

 Not much is practical about it but the boot is practical for me and my shopping.  

4 out of 5

Alan Townsley ,   07 Jan 2016    ... read more

 Easy to park, everything you would need as standard without buying expensive options.  

5 out of 5

MARTIN SMITH ,   23 Dec 2014    ... read more

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