MINI facelifted the Hatch and Convertible at the beginning of the year with a few subtle changes both inside and out, which allow it to fly under the radar.
For example, there are new taillights with the Union Jack pattern, headlamps with optional Matrix LED system, new trims, fabrics, steering wheel and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system offered on all models.
If the 2019 MINI Hatch doesn’t sound that exciting, that’s because there was need to tamper with an already successful formula. The model was a hit for the BMW-owned brand before the updates, so there wasn’t really any need for massive improvements; as a result, its oily bits remain untouched for the 2019MY.
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That’s good news for enthusiasts, as the go-kart feel is still there, the driving position is good and there’s a proper balance between comfort and fun on all trim levels.
Opt for the Cooper S version like the one in AutoExpress’ review, and you’ll get to enjoy a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine with 192PS (189hp / 141kW) mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a new seven-speed DCT.
The MINI Cooper S, which sprints from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in just 6.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 235km/h (146mph) now gets a ‘Sport’ mode that stiffens the suspension, makes the steering more responsive, puts a nicer note on the exhaust and makes it a bit more fun to drive.