Primary Navigation Mobile

There is a newer version of this car Read the latest MINI Hatchback review here

MINI Hatchback Hatchback interior, tech and comfort

2001 - 2006 (change model)
Comfort rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

Written by Richard Kilpatrick Published: 7 December 2023 Updated: 7 December 2023

The first generation MINI has one of the best interiors in the business – for a car of any price when it launched, and still very appealing now.

Many of the details are sublime, harking back to Mini’s 1960s roots. That’s why there’s a large speedometer in the centre of the dash, cute toggle switches and lashings of chrome. Despite the retro looks, MINI is reasonably equipped with driver-focused electronic aids. Visibility could be better, as it can be tricky to see out of the back with four on board.

The driving position is comfortable (the car is geared more towards the driver than passengers) and it also harks back to the original car, as you sit upright and close to the ground.

MINI’s biggest failing is the lack of rear space. It’s well suited to single people and couples – if they mainly use the rear seats for shopping – but not so good for small families unless they have very young children. The seats are fine for shot about-town trips, but lack support for longer motorway jaunts.