MINI range gets mild makeover

  • New frugal diesel engines added to range
  • All models get additional standard equipment
  • Expect entry-level version to start from around £11,500

MINI has given its Clubman, Convertible and Hatch a mild refresh in time for the plate changes in September.

The manufacturer faces stiffer competition from rivals like the Audi A1, Fiat 500 and the Citroen DS3. The company hopes a new look, more standard kit and new engines will help MINI keep its sales lead.

Exterior styling has been revised but you'll have to look close to notice the difference. The front has received new headlights and a tweaked front bumper, while at the back there's LED tail lights and a new bumper. MINI has tweaked the interior with a new centre console and has restyled the controls for the air con and stereo.

The big news for MINI fans is the introduction of a new 1.6-litre diesel engine with two power outputs: the MINI One D packs 90bhp while the MINI Cooper D gets a more spirited 112bhp.

In terms of performance the One D will do the 62mph sprint in 11.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 115mph, while Cooper D will get from 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds and has a top speed of 123mph.

Eco-friendly customers will be pleased as emissions for both models are just 99g/km of CO2 thanks to both using stop/start technology, plus the claimed average fuel consumption is 74mpg

The 1.6-litre diesel engine is identical to the one used in the BMW 116d, and features the latest common rail injection and variable vane turbo.

MINI has also added a diesel to the Cooper Convertible producing 112bhp, while averaging 70mpg and emitting 105g/km of CO2 emissions.

Standard kit on the new models include a new stereo system with CD player and AUX-in connector for MP3 players. DAB digital radio is standard on all models with the exception of the entry-level First.

The new MINI models go on sale in the autumn. Prices are unconfirmed, but expect the entry-level Hatchback to cost around £11,500.