The current MINI range, the F56 generation, is now in its eighth year of production, a very long lasting by any measure relevant today. In the meantime, he also received not one but two facelifts, but the underlying platform has remained the same. This means that you can buy what is technically the latest MINI at a more than decent price if you want to, in the used market. If you are going to do this, you should do some research beforehand.
Vicki Butler-Henderson is here to help, then. She edited a video for the guys at Auto Express discussing what you should look for in a used MINI, if you’re in the market for one. In case you don’t know Vicki, here’s a reminder. She is one of the founders of the popular Fifth Gear TV show, a sort of Top Gear rival from yesteryear. She, alongside Tiff Needell and Jason Plato, was doing a great job and she has a lot of experience behind her.
As for tips, be aware that early versions of the popular hatch came with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic. While the manual transmission is still offered, the automatic was later replaced by a 7-speed dual clutch. According to Vicki, it was for the best, as the original automatic wasn’t that great. As for the engines, the one that the video recommends is the Cooper model.
This means that a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged grinder, developing 136 HP, will deliver a 0-60 mph stroke in less than 8 seconds. It’s the best mix of performance and low maintenance costs, according to Vicki, and should be good enough for most people. That and a lot of other tips can be found in the 7 minute video below and, if you’re in the market for such a car, you should check it out.