posted 4 years ago

New MINI Hatch Raises The Stakes

New MINI Hatch Styling, Interior And Cargo Capacity

The MINI Hatch is more thrilling than parachuting from six-thousand feet while blindfolded. Why? Because this third generation fashion statement has significantly improved on its predecessor's strengths. Now, first things first. The styling is similar to the older model as this classic look is very popular. Why repair something that is not broken, ey? It can, however, be distinguished as it is longer and wider (3,821mm by 1,727mm compared to 3,723mm by 1,683mm). This ensures that motorists have more shoulder space and larger footwells – and cargo capacity has risen from a very small 160-litres to a more reasonable 211-litres. Other exterior modifications include creases above the wheel arches and larger lights. Five vibrant colours have been added to the range too. Furthermore, the interior has evolved into a more sophisticated form. The central instrument therefore has a wider range of functions, the key-less engine start system is now standard throughout the range and certain switches – such as those for the windows – have moved to more convenient positions. The cabin is still 'very MINI', though.

New MINI Hatch Engines, Performance, Fuel Efficiency And Carbon Emissions

Now, parachutists are propelled by gravity but this hatchback range has three and four-cylinder engines. Highlights include the 1.5-litre 136bhp three-cylinder petrol that propels motorists to 62mph in 7.9 seconds. Pretty fast. It also averages an impressive 62.8mpg when bolted to five-speed manual transmission. Emissions are 105g/km. The 1.5-litre 116bhp three-cylinder diesel, in contrast, hits 62mph in 9.2 seconds and returns a staggering 80.7mpg. Emissions are only 92g/km. Finally, the 2.0-litre 192bhp petrol hits 62mph in 6.8 seconds, manages 49.6mpg and emits carbon at a rate of 133g/km. All can also be teamed with six-speed automatic transmission that slightly alters the figures. Clearly, these engines provide plenty of power and - as road tax is based on carbon emissions - ensure the cars can be taxed for free, or very little. The range's handling is impressive too. As such it turns sharply through corners, the steering feedback inspires confidence and it is tremendous fun. The ride is more forgiving than its predecessor's too.

New MINI Hatch Equipment

New MINI Hatch equipment includes its Parking Assist Pack. This – when the motorist wants to parallel park – automatically steers into the bay. He/she simply operates the throttle, transmission and brake peddle. The vehicle is also available with a reversing camera. Furthermore, it has Active Pedestrian Protection which lifts the bonnet to enlarge the crumple zone should it strike a person. This complements the Active Cruise Control system that automatically adjusts speed to match the traffic, the run-flat tyres and the sat-nav. Prices start at £13,750 and the manufacturer has a range of finance plans. So, there is no need to get thrills by parachuting blindfolded from six-thousand feet.


There all ways deliberately ambiguous questions on the theory test. To see if you’re paying attention

bring back CLARKSON

If you were driving correctly, you should not have to drop back to see the road ahead, so mirrors IS the correct answer!

I would suggest replacing the bbc loons who have ruined a great car show

the one about coming across a accident the first thing would be to ring emergency services first,stop other traffic by switching on hazard lights.

the problem with young drivers on icy roads is they do not have the conditions us old gits have experienced.57years in all types of vehicles and 3 years on motor cycles where you really learn how to cope with adverse conditions

Interesting dispute about the overtaking question - the quiz answer IS correct, as you'd apply 'mirror - signal - manoeuvre' only AFTER having dropped back for a better view. You may well check your mirrors prior to dropping back, but that you'd be doing that as a part of the dropping back manoeuvre...

I agree with Glyn Williams. the first thing you should do before any manoeuvre is CHECK MIRRORS, then perform the manoeuvre, including dropping back to get a better view. If another vehicle is behind you, it may not be safe to drop back immediately.

To Kevin Creasey who commented:- "modern cars can stop in a fraction of the quoted distance." - do 'modern people' have quicker reactions? Q8: I agree with the majority - this is wrong - always check mirrors first.

Agree with Roy Peeke Mirror, then if safe to do so, drop back for extra vision

Question 8 shouldn't you check your mirrors before you drop back Because you could be increasing the risk to another driver that is in the process of making a manner to overtake you and the long vehicle so you should be checking before you drop back.

although I had 10 out of 12, what numty decided that it was a good idea to stop if you cant see because of the sun as if you cant see neither can the one coming behind therefore could collide with the numty that panicked and stopped, this happened out side our house and two people was killed, first car stopped, second car swerved to avoid hitting it and hit an on coming tanker all because a numty in a government department who doesn't know what there doing [ whats new 99.999% ] in government don't know what there doing.

Got N0 9 wrong, obviously, the actual stopping distances are about half that quoted, unless of course you have the reactions of a Sloth!

Somebody who is responsible and knows how to drive. Might have problem finding someone.

I think the highway code stopping distances need revision - modern cars can stop in a fraction of the quoted distance.

Q8 - I would never be so close behind a large vehicle that I couldn't see clearly if it was safe to overtake. Anyone so close that they have to drop back is invisible to the driver and is an idiot!


Question 8. The answer is all three. Mirror, signal, manoeuvre, applies before any deviation from the lane you are in and having a clear view ahead of the vehicle you want to pass is common sense

i agree with mr martin, you should not have been tailgating the lorry in the first place. answer is check your mirrors

Got Q8 wrong as I always check my mirrors before slowing, even if it is easing off my accelerator as I don't trust the drivers behind me. Strictly speaking you shouldn't be too close to a lorry anyway so may not need to drop back or should have spotted the hazard sooner.

Easy. Anyone got these wrong should not be on the road.

I'm an advanced driver, so I'd like to think I know the Highway Code!

Scored 9/9. Dropping back means gentle deceleration to create a larger space to ease over taking. It will not make a car rear end you any more than maintaining a constant speed. We all drop back every time we are on the road driving to flow with altering speeds of the surrounding traffic. Clearly if you brake suddenly to create that space then it would be hazardous and is not what is meant.

I was pleased to find I scored 8/9. I drive about 300 miles a week, many different routes, country roads and motorways, so I should know I suppose. I thought one should not cross when white lines were closer, like in a slip road off the motorway for example. I tend to get in the correct lane in advance,rather than cutting in later.

I also failed on Q8. If you drop back without looking and there's someone on your tail they could rear end you.878

Vehicle stopping distance seems to assume maximum braking of only 7.77ft/sec/sec where 1g=32ft/sec/sec. Surely modern brakes can do better than this. Question makes no allowance for state of road: wet/dry/gravel,dust,mud.......

failed on the overtaking large vehicle - would have looked in my mirror b4 dropping back - and still will, I have no wish for the vehicle behind to hit the back of me when I do this.

Like Derek Martin, I was taught "mirror, signal, manoeuvre" and of course you should never be "tail-gating" an HGV or any other vehicle. (Q8)

If you have to pull back then you are driving to close

Q8 I was taught to always look in mirrors first, you should be looking & thinking ahead before any manouver

i used to be a specialist vehicle driver..everything ..if it had wheels on the road i could drive it and operate it.driving hgv 1s is a hard trying job..the main problem for us,is the speed restrictions and engine governer..but we get on with it,,the worst problem for me when i was on the road were the people right up your rear end you cant see em..mirror signal start to pull out and the person behind decides to go for it..forcing you to try to get back in..not always possible.and they get angry because they claim you cut them up..! stopped driving specials and normal trucks and stuff 3 years ago..miss the comradeship of fellow drivers and the banter and tales..but too many idiots on the road now,need to make room for the ps i was TAUGHT to drive in the r.a.f.not pass the test..nowdays most people are taught to pass the test thats all.if you want a decent driver employ an ex service one..they spend months learning to drive everything over their carreers.

I love jags, love both of thse, but still can't afford them. I have a Skodao octavia & would part exch it & buy the supurb tomorrow if available

Don't slate me on this, im not sexist, this comment is in light humour but the accident could well be the result of a lady multitasking ??? But I do take your point and think most calm people would address the situation in a multi tasking fashion too (even some blokes) 😎

Full marks but then I am Driving instructor. The answer to question 1 is not strictly correct. If I remember rightly Rule 178 of the Highway Code States that if a vehicle is approaching a set of traffic lights and they change to red then if it is not possible to stop at the usual line then a driver may pull up in the designated cycle zone. In the interests of road safety a driver may find themselves stopped in that area.

Q8,I check my mirrors constantly, therefore I'd already know what was happening behind and to the sides of me, but sometimes you just can't help catching lorries up, certainly on a gradient. Hence to me Q8 is correct.


I was always taught first check behind you. Then think about your manoeuvre

Q8. The answer is not correct. The comment is ridiculous. You should be driving at at distance behind in which you should be able to stop.Yous hould also be positioning yourself in the carriageway to judge whether you can overtake without having to drop back.

read the question it is asking if you were going to not you are going to overtake a large vehicle what would you do highway code states mirror signal manouvre slowing down gradually is a common factor in every day driving so you are not braking abruptly to make other drivers concerned

Simply Q8 is wrong. but what are you doing so close behind the truck in the first place cos he cant see you there. and why didn't you think ahead and avoid said position?

Question 8 is incorrect. It would be dangerous to drop back without first checking the mirros.

Question 8: Surely it is best to check mirrors before slowing down or dropping back or indicating. It can't be wrong to do so, anyway.

Being a woman that multi-tasks I would be phoning 999 at the same time as assessing hazards etc ....

I dispute question 8. Before altering course or speed mirror checks should be performed, this includes before dropping back into a position of better view because at that time you don't know what implications your action will have on those behind you. Its simple situational awareness.

All a bit strange as I got 9 out of 9, have never looked at a Highway Code sice passing my car "test" which was 63 years (sixty three) ago and it was a 10 minute 'quickie' as I told the civil examiner hired by the army that I had driven a tractor and pAssed a civilian motorcycle test. This test seemed more like one to see wha had some common sense.........still drivng longish distances with an Alfa Romeo and Ferrari and no, been lucky, no blameworthy accidents but a few 'run ins' with the plonkers at DVLA who "walk the white line" so probably no motorists work there.

All correct so no need to whinge


Question 8....Mirror's before dropping back, slowing down or changing your road position.

Heavy rain,spray heavy. Silly question of course you would put your lights on,but the spray is in your wake and does cover the rear of the vehicle fog lights are easier seen even through spray

Overtaken long vehicle,you should never get so close to a long vehicle that you have to drop back to get a better view,driving a long vehicle and overtaken one is different because you can observe the road more clearly but need to be closer as you can complete the maneuver quicker.