The re-imagined iconic MINI is now a regular sight on British roads – a new take on an old favourite that’s since become a classic in its own right. MINIs are arguably some of the most recognised cars in the world.
The MINI used to be a budget car. However, it’s now firmly in the luxury market with customisable aspects, sumptuous interiors and much more.
The original MINI was made by the British Motor Corporation from 1959 to 2000, before BMW bought the brand rights.
The MINI Cooper S comes from back in MINI’s early days. Now with its new look and strong performance, there’s nothing old-fashioned about this car. This corner-loving, go-kart feeling car gives off a real MINI experience.
With a top speed of 146mph and 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds, this is a serious car to contend with – especially with tough competition from the likes of the Fiesta.
|Hatchback (06 - 16)||Typical Insurance Group*|
|Standard Trim||1.6 - 2.0||18 - 32||C - I|
|Cooper S||1.6 - 2.0||18 - 32||C - I|
|Camden||1.6||32||E - G|
|Cooper S Park Lane||1.6 - 2.0||18 - 23||D - H|
With popular rivals such as the Fiat 500 and the Audi A1, the MINI Hatchback is in a tough market. And, for the first time ever, a five-door version is available – adding a bit of practicality to the classic MINI.
The Hatchback comes with either a petrol or diesel engine. Steering, as with most MINIs, is sharp and responsive on tarmac, making it great fun on any road.
|Specification (14 onwards)||Typical Insurance Group*|
|Cooper D||1.5||15||A - F|
|Cooper S||2.0||23 - 30||B - H|
|Cooper||1.5 - 2.0||15 - 18||A - G|
|John Cooper Works||2.0||29||E - H|
This Clubman is another successful spin-off from the modern MINI revival. The Clubman is a stretched MINI hatch with a small door at the rear. It may look unusual at the back, but at the front it keeps the MINI’s retro look.
This premium hatchback is the most spacious car in the MINI range, and drivers can choose from a petrol or diesel engine. The Clubman is the first MINI with a solid centre console between the front two seats, a good use of the extra room you get in the model.
|Specification (15 onwards)||Typical Insurance Group*|
|Cooper||1.5 - 2.0||17 - 18||B - G|
|Cooper S||2.0||22 - 23||B - I|
|One||1.5||15 - 17||A - G|
|John Cooper Works||2.0||33||G - I|
With an electric roof, the Convertible is a perfect choice for drivers who love the wind in their hair. Standard equipment on each trim includes Bluetooth, reversing camera, keyless start, infotainment screen and rear parking sensors.
You can choose from a range of trims, as long as it’s a Cooper, which all come with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes.
|Specification (16 onwards)||Typical Insurance Group*|
|Cooper||1.5||16 - 19||A - G|
|Cooper D||1.5||16||A - F|
|Cooper S||2.0||25 - 33||E - H|
|John Cooper Works||2.0||31||E - I|
The MINI Countryman is a 4x4 version of the popular MINI hatch. It’s larger and more practical than the regular-sized MINI. This is great if you need a car with more space but want something which is just as stylish as the regular hatch.
The Countryman is the first five-door MINI, making it a practical choice over its three-door counterparts. The Countryman is also available in four-wheel drive, meaning you could take your pride and joy for a small off-road adventure.
|Specification (10 - 17)||Typical Insurance Group*|
|Standard Trim||1.6 - 2.0||8 - 15||C - H|
|Cooper Business Edition||1.6||14 - 16||C - G|
|Cooper||1.6||12||G - H|
|Cooper Park Lane||1.6 - 2.0||13 - 16||C - H|
The John Cooper Works (JCW) is a range of high-performance MINIs. Each of the different MINI body styles has their own JCW version. These MINIs are developed by John Cooper Works, an in-house company responsible for tuning and developing these special editions.
Each JCW model normally features better performance, and a sportier look.
|Specification (08 - 16)||Typical Insurance Group*|
|John Cooper Works||1.6||28 - 37||G - I|
|John Cooper Works World Championship
The seventh car in the MINI range, the Paceman, is a three-door, coupe-styled soft roader. With steering responding instantly with a wheel turn, the famous MINI go-kart feel is strong in this car – great for winding country roads.
Four-wheel drive is available on this car, giving you extra grip on the road. As standard it comes with a lowered sports suspension; however, this can be altered to regular suspension at no extra cost.
|Specification (13 - 16)||Typical Insurance Group*|
|Cooper||1.6 - 2.0||13 - 15||C - H|
*Information sourced from Parkers.co.uk