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  • No escaping the MINI’s compact dimensions
  • Good space up front, less so in the rear
  • Five-door model far easier to live with

Naturally, the most practical choice is the five-door model, which joined the range towards the end of 2014. It’s a five-seater (the three-door MINI will sit four people only) and can carry more luggage: the three-door’s boot measures only 211 litres with the seats up, and 731 with them folded down, while the five-door model’s extra overall length allows for 278 litres seats up and 941 seats down.

The back doors are short, which makes getting in and out quite hard work but – once you’re in – legroom is as good as most small cars and headroom is fine for all but the tallest of passengers. Those stubby rear doors might make accessing child seats tricky, though, but at least it’s easier than it would be in a three-door version. You can fit three people across the rear seat bench, but it’s a tight squeeze.

Three-door has limited practicality

The three-door MINI is a small car and really aimed at individuals or couples, rather serving as a small family car. However, it’s not all bad news – as while the MINI Hatch’s ability to carry four adults in comfort remains questionable, the extra space available inside is good for the car’s flexibility.

Even though the rear seat is only shaped for two in the three-door version, it now splits 60:40 rather than 50:50. In everyday terms, this means that it’s now possible to use the MINI as a three-seater and carry larger items than before, such as a push chair.

The moveable boot floor can be set at two different heights or hinged forwards to rest against the back of the rear seats. In the three-door that makes for a deep (thank the lack of a spare wheel) but still relatively short boot.

The MINI isn’t a big car, by any stretch. It’s a supermini and will easily fit into most parking spaces and is great for zipping around town. The upright windscreen takes a little getting used to, as it feels quite far away at first, but it’s easy to judge the edges of the car due to the car’s upright shape. Overall, though, it’s also easy to manoeuvre into tight spaces thanks to those compact dimensions.

Luggage space is limited, especially in the three-door model. That said, it’s easy to get to and surprisingly deep, which helps it accommodate bulky items in. Compare it to the Vauxhall Adam’s boot, for example, which is very narrow and slim. If you go for a five-door MINI, then the boot size increases to 278 litres, which is much more in line with regular superminis – although on the small side compared with newer rivals.

How safe is the MINI Hatch?

  • Four-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Extra safety kit available
  • Good for a small car

When tested by Euro NCAP, the MINI just missed out on the full five-star rating and was ultimately awarded four stars.

Three Isofix child seat mounting points are offered in the MINI: two on the back seat and one on the front passenger seat, the latter of which automatically disconnects the airbag. Six airbags, including front, side and curtain, complement the high-strength passenger safety cell, with deformable crumple zones front and rear. There’s no escaping the MINI Hatch’s longer and higher nose, either – something necessitated by pedestrian safety regulations.

LED tail lights offer improved visibility, while full LED headlights are now standard across the range. Naturally, ABS brakes are standard, which are supplemented by electronic brakeforce distribution to maximise stopping power in emergency situations. Traction control is standard and the optional active cruise control with a collision mitigation function which will attempt to stop your MINI being involved in a frontal collision in the first place.

WATCH: MINI Hatch Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the MINI Hatchback.

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

1499 GT equipment

1499 GT standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
1499 GT optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Sat Nav

60 Years Edition equipment

60 Years Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
60 Years Edition optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric passenger`s seat

Challange 210 Edition equipment

Challange 210 Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Challange 210 Edition optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows

Cooper equipment

Cooper standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
Cooper optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Cooper Classic equipment

Cooper Classic standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Cooper Classic optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

Cooper D equipment

Cooper D standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Cooper D optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

Cooper Exclusive equipment

Cooper Exclusive standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Cooper Exclusive optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

Cooper S equipment

Cooper S standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
Cooper S optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Cooper S Classic equipment

Cooper S Classic standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Cooper S Classic optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

Cooper S D equipment

Cooper S D standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Cooper S D optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

Cooper S Exclusive equipment

Cooper S Exclusive standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Cooper S Exclusive optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

Cooper S Seven equipment

Cooper S Seven standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Cooper S Seven optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

Cooper S Sport equipment

Cooper S Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Cooper S Sport optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

Cooper S Works 210 equipment

Cooper S Works 210 standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Cooper S Works 210 optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

Cooper Seven equipment

Cooper Seven standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Cooper Seven optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

Cooper Sport equipment

Cooper Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Cooper Sport optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

John Cooper Works equipment

John Cooper Works standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
John Cooper Works optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav

One equipment

One standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
One optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

One Classic equipment

One Classic standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
One Classic optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The MINI Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2014
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 79%
Child Occupant: 73%
Vulnerable Road Users: 66%
Safety Assist: 56%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.