The Mini First has all the usual Mini handling and styling charm, but comes with a less powerful engine and reduced equipment levels.
The First uses the same six-speed manual gearbox and 1.4-litre petrol engine as the Mini One, but this has been detuned from 94bhp to 74bhp. This means a slower 0-62mph acceleration time of 13.2 seconds – compared with 10.9 for the One.
Strangely, the claimed fuel economy is identical to the Mini One, at 53.3mpg. CO2 emissions are also matched, at 128g/km.
ESC is standard
Standard equipment includes stability control (ESC), automatic start-stop and brake energy regeneration. The suspension is unchanged, so the Mini First should still be plenty of fun in the corners.
However, it does miss out on air conditioning, which was recently made standard across the rest of the Mini range.
TLC and residuals boost value
Beyond the price, the Mini First’s value is increased by its strong residuals – it should retain 50% of its original value after three years and 30,000 miles – and the Mini TLC servicing package. A £185 add-on to the purchase price, this covers five years’ servicing and maintenance costs.
As with all Minis, various optional extras are available to make the First your own.
Priced from £10,950, the Mini First is £1,395 cheaper than the £12,345 Mini One, and is available to order now.
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