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Body: Hatchback
Colour: Grey
Mileage: 150
Fuel: Petrol
Gearbox: Automatic
Engine: 1998

Shaks Specialist Cars
Call: 01484 480777
Body: Hatchback
Colour: Grey
Mileage: 28494
Fuel: Petrol
Gearbox: Automatic
Engine: 1998

Swanson
Call: 01626 352000
Body: Hatchback
Colour: BLACK
Mileage: 12800
Fuel: Petrol
Gearbox: Automatic
Engine: 1998

Yorkshire Vehicle Solutions Ltd
Call: 01423 331133
Body: Hatchback
Colour: Starlight Blue M
Mileage: 2134
Fuel: Petrol
Gearbox: Automatic
Engine: 1.5

Doves Volvo Croydon
Call: 020 8031 3646
Body: Hatchback
Colour: Starlight Blue M
Mileage: 2134
Fuel: Petrol
Gearbox: Automatic
Engine: 1.5

Bolton Motors
Call: 01204 910 366
Body: Hatchback
Colour: Starlight Blue M
Mileage: 2134
Fuel: Petrol
Gearbox: Automatic
Engine: 1.5

County Motor Works
Call: 01245 932 931
Body: Hatchback
Colour: Starlight Blue M
Mileage: 2134
Fuel: Petrol
Gearbox: Automatic
Engine: 1.5

Doves Southampton
Call: 0238 163 0545
Body: Hatchback
Colour: Starlight Blue M
Mileage: 2134
Fuel: Petrol
Gearbox: Automatic
Engine: 1.5

Invicta Ashford
Call: 01233 272 325
Body: Hatchback
Colour: Starlight Blue M
Mileage: 2134
Fuel: Petrol
Gearbox: Automatic
Engine: 1.5

Invicta Canterbury
Call: 01227 235 251
Body: Hatchback
Colour: Starlight Blue M
Mileage: 2134
Fuel: Petrol
Gearbox: Automatic
Engine: 1.5

Invicta Thanet
Call: 01843 630 265

Mini Hatchback Review

The Mini Hatchback was not well received by serious fans of the brand. Many complained about the car not being among the brand’s promise of providing economical means of transport to the majority. Today’s Mini Hatchback has a range that’s more diverse, including the entry-level First and the top of the range John Cooper Works. If these extremes don’t work for you, then there are the Cooper SD, Cooper S, and Cooper models. If you want to go electric, there’s the Mini E available as a trial.

Pros

The second generation Mini Hatchback experienced many changes despite the subtle inclusion of these improvements. The latest Mini Hatchback or the Mk2 Mini, is a new car that’s much bigger than the previous one. The nose is 55mm more; the windscreen base 18mm higher. Although the new model isn’t as compact as the first BMW Mini, the bluff front does away with the curvature around the lights. This feature added to the manufacturing costs.

The Mk2 Mini Hatchback retains some classic features, such as the same front and floor bulkhead. The structure’s stiffness is also considered as unchanged, but one will notice that impact protection has been improved on the Hatchback cars’ sides. Significant changes include the chrome surrounding the front grille, the LED rear lights on all variations, and the revised front bumper for better performance on pedestrian impact tests.

The interior sports significant changes. The central speedometer gives the cabin a unique design focus, and also bulges out of the dash to emphasize the hatchback’s larger space. The bespoke type appeal this car is known for, however, is still in tact and stands out among other small models. Another attractive feature is the centre console that’s intuitive for anyone to learn. The plastics used don’t appear cheap at all and give your hands a premium feeling. The bi-xenon headlamps come highly recommended as an additional option. Other new revisions to the interior include seat upholstery colours, a revised stereo that includes MP3 compatibility, new audio systems and air con controls.

The latest Mini Hatchback features a wider range engine range. The One model has the 1.6-litre petrol at 97bhp, the Cooper another 1.6 byt at 121bhp, the First a 1.6 petrol unit at 74bhp, and the Cooper S at 181bhp. The JCW features the strongest 1.6 unit at 208bhp. Diesel engines include the 110bhp 1.6-litre for the Cooper and the One having a 1.6 at 89bhp. The Cooper SD has the strongest diesel engine, the 2.0-litre BMW at 141bhp. The mid-range Cooper has a smoother engine than the old Mk1 Cooper and also has improvements on emissions and the economy. Expect to rev the engine hard, however as the six-speed gearbox requires constant stirring.

Cons

There are some not-so-welcome changes, however, to the Mk2 mini. The doors close loudly with a thunk; the standard fit two-spoke steering wheel is oversized. The headlights are also of poor quality. And although the centre console is easy to learn, the audio controls seem misplaced and are rather frustrating. 

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