This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest MINI Cooper S (06-16) review.

Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

BMW has had a crack at trying to recreate the character of old Mini while delivering a good quality environment. Some would say its funky, others might say its overdone. Either way you’ll soon forget the interior once you’ve got your toe down on the accelerator.

You can get grown-ups in the back but if one person is tall then there are going to be complaints. Feels refined when cruising and certainly an improvement on most hot-hatches. Standard seats aren’t the most comfortable but will suffice for shorter journeys. Extra supportive bucket seats are available on the options list – they’re great but not cheap.