Auto Express Car of the Year
The new Mini Hatch has been crowned Auto Express Car of the Year 2014. Chris Brownridge, Director, Mini UK, collected the prestigious gong at a ceremony held in London’s Grand Connaught Rooms. The prize was presented by the magazine’s Editor-in- Chief Steve Fowler, he said “the Mini Hatch is the perfect Car of the Year for 2014, it’s a small car that’s big on talent. We love the way it drives, the quality, the efficiency and the big car tech on board. It’s also built brilliantly in Britain a car the UK can be proud of.”
Chris Brownridge added “the new Mini Hatch has received universal acclaim since we launched it earlier this year. A great deal of work has gone in to refining performance, handling, style and quality with this all-new model and this recognition from Auto Express is testament to that effort. This award is a real boost to all six thousand Mini associates across Plant Hams Hall, Swindon and of course, Oxford, all of whom should be extremely proud of this achievement. They have created a car which in just a few months has captured the imagination of customers and the motor industry alike.”
The new Mini Hatch is priced from £13,750, it is packed with new features and technology including LED headlamps and Emergency Calling (E-Call), as well as a suite of advanced three and four-cylinder engines that will ensure the Hatch stays well ahead of the pack for years to come and feature Mini TwinPower Turbo Technology to increase driving fun and improve environmental efficiency. The trio all offer improved performance figures, with maximum power across all three variants produced lower down the rev range, while fuel consumption and emission levels have been reduced by as much as 27 per cent when compared to their predecessor models. All meet the stringent EU6 exhaust emissions criteria.
The interior offers a choice of fabric or leather finishes, or a combination of both. It is certainly more spacious than before and also easier than ever for rear seat passengers to gain access to the back. The rear bench seat back can be split 60:40 and for even greater practicality, the optional storage package includes a luggage compartment floor which can be locked into place at various points. The boot volume has been increased by more than thirty per cent to 211 litres and there are numerous cup holders and storage facilities to make life easier for occupants.