Nothing says classic and British quite like a MINI. Modest in size and power, these cars are incredibly trendy and easy to drive. And that’s why they’re so respected in the motor industry. The brand’s relentlessness to become a reputable supplier of high-quality cars has meant that the shape and style of any of their cars is instantly recognisable.
The first MINI was a British icon and was released to the public on 26 August 1959. Now, with convertibles, roadsters, coupes and the bigger countryman models also available, there's no shortage of used MINIs to choose from.
Popular used MINI models
- One [supermini]
- Clubman [supermini estate]
- Convertible [supermini convertible]
- Roadster [supermini roadster]
- Countryman [family hatch]
Having been in the trade a long time, MINI revolutionised themselves in 2006 with the launch of the second-generation 'R56' car. With better engines, more interior space and the addition of a clubman estate version in 2008 to augment the hatch and convertible models, the MINI's star was in the ascendancy.
If you must have a pre-2006 used MINI, opt for a MINI One. They can be picked up for a fairly cheap price tag and don’t come with too much hassle. The hatchback body and 1.6L engine makes it a great city car for the whole family to enjoy.
At the other end of the scale is the impressive – and fearsomely thirsty – Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works Edition. With its screaming supercharger, this has to be the wildest MINI ever built.
What awards has MINI won?
In 2016, MINI picked up two prizes at the Auto Express Awards. MINI Hatch was named “Best Premium Small Car” for third consecutive year while the newly introduced MINI Convertible won the title for “Best Convertible”. It’s their style, quality, desirability, driving thrills, and value for money that draws in so much attention.