Do I really need to spend this much?
While a Cooper S for £250 a month isn’t bad, TG has long argued that the best current Mini is the Cooper, complete with – like the ST – a gem of a 1.5-litre turbo-triple, albeit with 134bhp. It’s £17,345: the best-value Mini.
Nope. the ST1 starts at a fiver under £19k, and the sweet-spot ST2 adds a B&O hi-fi, auto climate control and the ace 8-inch toushcreen for a grand. Ford’s infamous discounts are already kicking in too. It’s the bargain of 2018.