The new Mini vs the old

The new Mini vs the old

With the new Mini revealed earlier this year, we take a look at where the Mini has improved over its predecessor.

Back in 2014, Mini took the covers off its all-new and third generation Hatch, which despite sharing its overall shape with its forebear was much cleaner and modern in terms of looks and equipment.

But this year saw Mini give the Hatch a much-needed update, with the refresh providing new cosmetic features and new equipment.

Here, we take a look at the new version to see where Mini improved on its already-excellent Hatch…

2018 Mini Hatch

New design options

As well as being a great hatchback to drive, the Mini has always been about the way it looks. So with new design alterations on offer, such as alloy wheels and three body colours, customers can show off more of their personality than before. That customisation continues inside, with the addition of a new leather trim, surface colour choices and colour ways to provide the chosen atmosphere. The Mini Yours customisation options are also included to make your version even more exclusive.

Union Jack taillights

2018 Mini Hatch

The Mini is a symbol of British motoring and has been for a considerable amount of time. Even with Mini now under the stewardship of the German giant BMW, the Hatch is still an icon and what better way to celebrate the model’s heritage than in its design? Using LED lights, each element of the flag is used as part of the light’s functions, such as the indicators and brake lights. It’s a novelty, and one we really like.

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2018 Mini Hatch

New transmissions

To match the seven engines on offer, Mini has added two new automatic gearboxes to suit the BMW TwinPower turbo units. The seven-speed dual-clutch and eight-speed transmissions both provide drivers with smooth changes – while also being a good alternative to the six-speed manual.

Refreshed technology options

To bring the Hatch in-line with the times and its rivals, Mini is now offering it with a new multifunction steering wheel that can control the 6.5-inch infotainment display – which can be made into a touchscreen unit with the optional Visual Boost pack that also adds satellite navigation.

A wireless charging pad can also be fitted to the central storage compartment, which also adds a second USB port – while the Mini Connected system includes new functions, such as real-time traffic updates, an online search option and the Concierge service.

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