The five-door hatch is a prac­ti­cal choice for MINI en­thu­si­asts

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

range of en­gines and the MINI One test car came with the en­try level 1.2-litre petrol unit.

The three-cylin­der power plant is lively and is good for a top speed of 119mph and takes just 10.1 sec­onds to reach 62mph. It is a crack­ing wee unit and pro­duces 102bhp.

The claimed com­bined fuel fig­ure is 58.9mpg and al­though I did not match that fig­ure, I did av­er­age over 50mpg with­out really try­ing.

It may have in­creased in size but this version still han­dles su­perbly and is really ag­ile with bags of grip. The steer­ing is well weighted and the crisp gear change in­creases the fun fac­tor.

MINI One of­fers a lot in the way of stan­dard equip­ment and own­ers can se­lect from a wide range of packs and gad­gets to per­son­alise their ve­hi­cles. You have to watch this as tick­ing too many boxes on the or­der form will hike the price by a sub­stan­tial amount.

The in­te­rior is stylish and of pre­mium qual­ity with all the fun MINI fea­tures and con­trols. It feels well screwed to­gether and built to last and is com­fort­able for any length of jour­ney.

The five-door mod­els add £600 to the cost but for that you get a big­ger boot, two ex­tra doors, more space and added prac­ti­cally - making the in­crease some­thing of a bar­gain.

If you have al­ways wanted a MINI but didn’t take the plunge be­cause you needed some­thing larger, this model could change your mind.

Stretched The ad­di­tional doors do not spoil the MINI’S

good looks

MINI One 1.2-litre five-door hatch­back

£13,935 102 bhp 1. 2-litre, 3cyl petrol en­gine driv­ing front wheels via 6-speed

man­ual gear­box

119mph

10.91sec­onds

58.9

12

112g/km

3yrs/ un­lim­ited miles

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