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2020 Mini Hatch

2020 Mini Hatch

2020 Mini Hatchbacks are some of the coolest cars you can get on the road.  Not entirely practical, yet their fashion statement speaks volumes.  You buy a Mini because you love the way they make you feel and you love the way they look.  There ain’t too many people around who won’t smile when they see a little Mini.

We’re up to the third generation Mini Hatch, and with the latest version comes a slightly more refined sweep of the artist’s brush.  Its exterior looks are, therefore, slightly more conservative while still retaining that distinctive cool Mini outline.  New detailing adds some different decals and trimmings into the mix to keep it looking fresh.  With a distinguished new look, the 2020 Mini Hatch tail lights incorporate the iconic Union Jack design.

2020 Mini Hatch Cooper S

So, has the Mini lost any of its liveliness and energy?  The short answer is: no way!  Inside the 2020 Mini Hatch is, perhaps, the most interesting and eye-catching interior/dash you’ll find in any car nowadays.  I love it; the 2020 Mini Hatch interior styling has those beautiful round dials and instrumentation which is elegant, fun and stimulating.  Even the air vents are round.  2020 sees a lift in the quality of materials used throughout the Mini Hatch interior, while the cabin’s elegance and class has just gone up a notch or two.  Make no mistake, BMW make their Mini Hatch cars very well indeed, and they are classy, sassy, solid little cars that can rack up the miles very well indeed.

You can design your new Mini’s interior to your tastes, where you have 4 different Colour Lines, 6 interior surfaces and other elements to choose from, and you can combine them with the seats that you like best, still with other design elements available.  With the optional Navigation Plus Pack, the MINI Navigation fills a stunning 8.8-inch high-resolution, full-colour display with split screen functionality that allows two activities to be visible at the same time.  It also gives you 3D navigation, satellite pics and the MINI touch controller.  I have to say, there are few better touchscreens available in the motoring world, and it also looks so cool on a round fascia.  Depending on the driver mode, the LED ring light for the central display screen changes colour accordingly.

Spotify is part of the Mini infotainment system, so music lovers will love driving the latest Mini Hatch.  Even base modes come with a quality sound system, but there are upgrades where you can pack one heck of a sound system inside your 3–or–5-dr Mini Hatch.

The boot space in a 2020 Mini Hatch is smaller than your average Hatchback, you would have to say.  However, some cool tricks are on offer.  A false floor can be opened up for you to store the parcel shelf away out of sight and, of course, not in the way.  The top of the false floor can be raised to rear seat height and then you can flip the rear seats forward and flat, and “vwa-lah”, there you have a pokey hatchback turned into a small station wagon.  The Mini 5-door’s boot space is larger than what you get in the 3-door car, but at 278 litres (941 litres seats flat) it’s still way down on the competition’s offerings.

The rear seat space in a 3-door Mini Hatch can be accessed via the slide forward front seats.  Once you’re through the smallish gap and into the back seats, the head room and leg room is actually pretty good.  Foot space is tight, though it’s much better if the front seats are in their raised position.  Opt for the 5-dr version and access to the rear seats is better all round.  The seat comfort and support are excellent whatever the Mini of choice happens to be.

Drive any 2020 Mini Hatch and you’ll get that special drive that only Mini owners experience.  These cars are a hoot to drive; you can chuck them into corners and they just grip and go around them like they’re on rails.  The firm suspension sits the car down on the road nice and flat through the corners.  This latest Mini Hatch version has a slightly softer setting without any compromise in grip, and you can even have the Mini Hatch with optional adaptive dampers.  This feature is a nice one in that you can ride more leisurely in comfort for the most part, but then you can flick it into normal or sport for that special Mini Hatch fun.

The 76 kW, 1.5-litre is the entry-level engine, and this is the version that is the best bet if you’re spending most of your time around town.  The official fuel economy is up around 5 litres/100 km on a combined cycle.  It comes with a 0-100 km/h time around 11 seconds.

The more powerful 101 kW, 1.5-litre engine in the Mini Cooper is delightful.  It feels and sounds sporty but still costs little to run.  Officially, the fuel economy is around 5.5 litres/100 km; however, get a shove on and the Cooper is a bit thirstier.  The little Mini’s entertaining nature sees around 8.5 seconds for the 0-100 km/h dash.  Its top speed is over 200 km/h.

The top of the Mini Hatch range is the sexy little Mini Cooper S, which uses a bigger 2.0-litre engine that pits out 143 kW and gets to 100 km/h in a swift 7.0 seconds.  There are some sweet little pops and bangs from the exhaust when you lift off the throttle.  I love this little car!  This would be the one for my garage.

If you want more power, then Mini does offer the very special Mini JCW Hatch with 170 kW, but that’s for another review!

2020 Mini Electric Hatch

Now, there is also a Mini Electric Hatch available for the 2020 buyer.  This model boasts instant torque, emissions free travel and quick charging.  The Mini Electric Hatch comes equipped with a charging cable for home charging via a standard power outlet; while out-and-about you can find Public Charging Stations on the navigation system to plug into a DC Fast Charger for a 0- 80% charge in just 36 minutes – time for a coffee…

The Mini Electric comes with 135 kW, a 0-60 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a 0-100 km/h time of 7 seconds.  Top speed is limited to 150 km/h, and you have a range of about 230 km on a full charge.

All models come with the 7-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, with a slick six-speed manual gearbox also available.  The Mini Electric only comes in auto, however.  The new seven-speed auto uses a double clutch to make shifting gears quick.  The start/stop function makes driving more economical, too, reducing fuel consumption and emissions for petrol powered Minis.

Fuel efficient and loaded with fun, any new Mini Hatch delivers the sporty drive we love.  There really is no other car like it on the planet, so for that fact alone it’s worth owning a fun little Mini; isn’t it?

2020 Mini Hatch

The current 2020 Mini Hatch models include the:

  • Mini Cooper 3dr-Hatch 100 kW (auto and manual)
  • Mini Cooper S 3dr Hatch 141 kW (auto and manual)
  • Mini John Cooper Works 3dr Hatch 170 kW (auto and manual)
  • Mini Electric 3dr Hatch 135 kW (auto only)
  • Mini Cooper 5dr Hatch 100 kW (auto and manual)
  • Mini Cooper S 5dr Hatch 141 kW (auto and manual)

For any more information on the Mini Hatch or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181.  If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Mini dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours.  Private Fleet – car buying made easy!