MINI Hatchback (2014 -) Buying & Selling

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.

3.5 out of 5

Buying new

If you’re considering buying the latest MINI Hatch one thing you’re unlikely to get is a discount. You might chip off one or two percent if you pile on the options from the extensive list but play carefully as the price soon mounts up, meaning an extraordinary amount of money for a small car.

MINI is confident customers won’t be waiting too long for deliveries but as all cars are built to order you’ll have to wait for one tailor made to your precise specifications.

Residual values for the latest MINI are expected to be among the highest in its class, but choose colours and options carefully as they might not attract much attention when you come to selling the car.

4 out of 5

Buying used

The only new MINI Hatches on the used car market initially will be ex-demonstrators but we don’t envisage the savings being that great over list price new cars, at least to begin with.

If you’re not too bothered about having all the bells and whistles from the options list, then you might be able to drive a harder bargain if it’s free from desirable optional kit.

Beyond that look for the usual signs: are the body panels free from dents and dings, are the alloy wheels free from kerbing grazes and so on.

MINIs tend to be bought by enthusiastic drivers which might mean the Cooper S in particular has endured quite a hard life. Mechanically it will be fine, so long as servicing has been undertaken when it should have been so check all the paperwork thoroughly.

If in doubt, it’s always worth using the Parkers Car History Check facility to protect yourself from nasty surprises.

See 3,264 used MINI Hatchbacks for sale, starting at £4,995

4.5 out of 5

Selling

Although the One specification cars are attractively priced, most buyers prefer the Cooper, so these will be easier to sell on. Cooper S models will be in shorter supply on the used market though so pampered examples will sell quickly.

Ensure your MINI Hatch is well presented before sale and vitally keep all the paperwork for any work you have done on the car, as well as ensuring it’s serviced at the appropriate times.

When you sell on you’ll also appreciate the value of choosing an attractive colour scheme and sensibly perusing the options list when you bought it. Some of those options, like the head-up display look great but aren’t likely to be the clincher for many MINI customers, whereas the upgraded MINI Connected XL infotainment package could be a winner for trendy, social media savvy buyers.