Mini Hatch

Here’s Why You Will Love The New Mini Hatch

The Mini is a popular and trendy supermini. It’s an iconic marque that first got introduced to the world back in 1959. Sir Alec Issigonis was the man behind the design of such a revolutionary model. It got sold under various brand names until the year 2000.

Nowadays, the Mini brand lives on under a fresh and modern take on the classic original. Today’s Minis are all built by German car maker BMW. The first BMW-built Mini rolled off the production line back in 2001 at Plant Cowley just outside of Oxford, England.

Mini Hatch

As of the time of writing, BMW’s Mini models come under several guises. The original, of course, is the hatch. There are also convertible, coupe and utility versions of the “new” Mini too. They all get sold in various parts of the world, not just in the UK.

If you’re looking for a new supermini, here are a few reasons why you’d be insane not to consider the new Mini hatch:

It’s bigger than the outgoing model

OK, so you might have considered buying a Mini hatch before reading this blog post. But were you thinking about buying the second-generation model (2006 to 2013)? If so, there’s a “big” reason you should instead focus your attention on the current third-generation model. It’s larger than the outgoing one!

Of course, being a supermini you can’t extend it that much before changing the class of car it’s in. Still, it’s worth knowing that there are some subtle size changes with the latest generation Mini hatch.

From a technical perspective, it’s 98 mm longer than the previous generation. It’s also 44 mm wider and even 7 mm taller. You might think those changes aren’t anything worth writing home about. But if you’ve sat inside the second-generation model, you’ll know that this new one feels bigger!

One criticism from Mini owners is that there’s isn’t much space in the cabin. The new Mini hatch aims to address those issues without detracting from the overall size and shape of the car. Despite the size changes, the Mini hatch is still recognizable.

That means the familiar front end shape, including the grille, looks the same. As does the back and sides of the car too.

It looks and feels sportier than the second-generation model

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that the new iteration of the Mini hatch appears to have a sportier look to it. For example, check out the roof line. It seems to “taper” towards the back of the car. Take a look at the coopermini.co.uk website to see what I mean!

BMW have fitted uprated suspension to the new Mini hatch. It has lighter and revised shock absorbers and springs. The result? It makes the car feel more agile on the road. And it makes drivers feel more confident about driving around corners at speed.

The extended wheelbase of the new Mini hatch means that it feels more stable on the road. Even on 18-inch alloy wheels, it doesn’t tramline or give you jaw ache when driving over potholes and bumps on the road.

There’s a good choice of petrol and diesel engines

BMW have introduced new “TwinPower” turbo engine technology. The power plants in the new Mini hatch are all improved over the previous iterations. The specs of each engine on offer are as follows:

Petrol engines:

  • Cooper S – Four cylinder, 2.0-litre TwinPower turbo engine. 192 brake horsepower, 0-62 mph in 6.8 seconds. Top speed of 146 mph;
  • Cooper – Three cylinder, 1.5-litre TwinPower turbo engine. 136 brake horsepower, 0-62 mph in 7.9 seconds. Top speed of 130 mph; and
  • One – Three cylinder, 1.2-litre TwinPower turbo engine. 102 brake horsepower, 0-62 mph in 9.9 seconds. Top speed of 121 mph.

Diesel engines:

  • Cooper D – Three cylinder, 1.5-litre TwinPower turbo engine. 116 brake horsepower, 0-62 mph in 9.2 seconds. Top speed of 127 mph; and
  • One D – Three cylinder, 1.5-litre TwinPower turbo engine. 95 brake horsepower, 0-62 mph in 11 seconds. Top speed of 118 mph.

Those opting for a performance model should consider the Cooper S or Cooper models. While for frugality, the One D diesel engine is the better of the two. If you want something in between, the One petrol model is for you.

It’s packed full of technology and gadgets

Are you a self-confessed gadget geek? If so, you will love the new Mini hatch! Why? Because it’s full of technology, of course!

For instance, check out the basic model – the Mini One, comes with a keyless ignition system and trip computer. It also has a Bluetooth-capable head unit. One of the things that draw people to the Mini is the fact that they can personalize their cars.

There is a broad range of technology options that you can get for the new Mini hatch. You can get dual-zone climate control to replace the standard air conditioning setup. Automatic headlights and front wipers are another upgrade. As are an automated parallel parking system. Yes; your new Mini can park itself!

Adaptive cruise control is not just a fancy new gadget. It makes your life behind the wheel safer. And it’s available as an option on all new Mini hatch trim levels. If you want to make your Mini even more like a BMW, you can also upgrade to LED headlights with daytime running light “rings.”

And what about if you’re not happy with the standard but excellent audio system in the car? One option that a gadget geek like you will like is the Harman Kardon stereo system. In case you didn’t know, Harman Kardon is the company behind the world-famous JBL speaker brand.

It’s no secret that the new Mini hatch benefits from many features found in today’s BMW models. But, despite that fact, you should still remember that it’s a Mini. Indicators come as standard on the Mini hatch, don’t you know…!