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MINI HATCH ONE Hatchback 2001‑2004
44 owner reviews for MINI HATCH ONE Hatchback 2001‑2004
Compact and smart but beware
MINI HATCH ONE 1.6 One 3dr (Review date: 14th October '12)
Purchased this car quite recently and was thrilled by its compactness and sturdy reputation. Migrating from a well know 2 seater ( a change necessary for more load space ) it suits my need for a small, compact, all rounder.
It drives very positively and sits down on the road with confidence, although I do find the ride a bit odd? Rather 'lumpy' over uneven tarmac and bit heavy on the steering. On motorways it's like a much larger car, taking lanes with ease and quiet 'to boot'.
For short daily runs it does it well, starts well, very economical and nippy. Fuel wise: equally admirable for long trips.
Inside the dash is very ergonomical and easy to use as is the access to rear seats and fold downs. Boot space is adequate for me although a family of four would struggle, especially with luggage.
Reliability wise: my clutch failed on the 14th week of ownership with virtually no warning at all. Fine one day and then gone the next. Only slight hint of an issue was more difficulty in engaging gears for a few days leading up to scenario. My short warranty, luckily, covered this as it was clearly a mechanical fault and not excessive clutch wear. For secondhand buyers another point to mention is dont be misled into thinking you have 'runflats' even if the reset switch is present as I was led to believe it did. With that said, check the compressor works stored in the boot!!
Performance wise, it does things all rather well but handling is no where near my previous car.
All in all a pleasant package and I will buy again but certaily be sure of a decent mechanical warranty to cover the unknowns. No 8 year stamped service booklet will indicate these impending disasters.
The Mini is the One
MINI HATCH ONE 1.6 One 3dr (Review date: 18th January '12)
I recently bought myself a Mini One as my second car, aged 18. As soon as I got it insured, I knew I would be pestered by my friends to go for a 'cruise'. After a week of cruising around, and £90's worth of fuel later, I knew it would be a fair bit more costly to run than the previous car, a 1.0L Corsa.
The Mini is so much fun to drive; it sticks to the road, it's pretty nippy and looks like a supermodel, but a car version. I bought myself the Chilli Red coloured One, and can safely say that there is no faded paint on the car at all. After a wash, the car shines brilliantly in the sun.
I was luckily enough to get myself a top spec One, with the brilliant dual electric sunroof. I can't praise this enough, it's cool to have it open whatever the weather!
The only limitation that I can think of when buying a Mini is that it's pretty tight if you're trying to fit people in the back seats. Also, the folding front seats, used to get people in the back, are pretty useless and very temporamental.
Overall, I'd say, definitely buy a Mini One if you can't afford the insurance for a higher spec model and if you won't often be squeezing people in the back.
great little car
MINI HATCH ONE 1.6 One 3dr (Review date: 31st October '11)
bought the car for my daughter first car. great car well built does not have all the extras my Scenic had, but far more fun. did a long weekend away it swallowed a large case and other bits on the back seat, plus three passengers.
hold the road extremely well i would say slightly better than my Clio.
if i had one gripe the headlights on main beam are rubbish, full beam is fine.
when my daughter passes her test I will by myself a Mini Cooper.
MINI HATCH ONE 1.6 One 3dr (Review date: 30th October '11)
I owned a Mini One for seven years since buying it new. It never disappointed me from the moment I first took delivery. It was a great fun car to drive due to the briliant handling and proved very reliable over the 43000 miles I covered in it.I even managed to rescue four kids stuck in deep snow when no other car could get to them.
I bought the car when they were still quite rare and when you were still getting waves and flashing lights from other Mini drivers, I think it still looks as good today as it did at launch. I added the viper stripes to my car which helped make it stand out from the crowd.
The tlc package was a very good purchase as I found bills can be a bit on the expensive side once the cover stops. One other disappointing aspect was the ride as it was quite firm at times but well outweighed by the driving experience. My next Mini will be a Coupe.
MINI HATCH ONE 1.6 One 3dr (Review date: 4th September '11)
My mini is great very solid car. it's my 1st german car. as a city girl it suited me perfectly. insurance , tax and petrol are very cheap. nothing ever went wrong aprt from normal wear and tear items (tyres pads, etc) I wish my boyfriend loved it as much me. were selling up for a e-class merc.
fabulous little cars!
MINI HATCH ONE 1.6 One 3dr (Review date: 25th August '11)
i have a 2001 yellow mini, it is the 2nd car I've owned but it is an awsome car! Touch wood it has passed every single MOT and has needed a couple of TLC mechanic work only, its runs a drives so lovely. I love getting into it for a drive! The boot is suprisingly big - i can fit my large dog in there! although the back seats do n ot have a lot of leg room! And it drinks petrol! The inside and the mile dial is fab! and every thing makes up for the 2bad points!
I'm selling because I want something a bit sportier, but no doubt will go back to having a mini in a couple of years!
would deff recommend this car!!
MINI HATCH ONE 1.6 One 3dr (Review date: 14th July '11)
i have to admit i did think i would be difficult to drive a mini but to be honest it was a joy !!! it has such great handling and fuel management i have never had a problem with it, if your a woman looking for a car from a to b or a man looking for a nippy quick runner this is your car. the best thing about the new MINI's is that BMW are the people behind this car which gives its a great engine which i never had problems with and gave me peace of mind even if it did brake down but for me i never had a problem with my mini yes i had a cracked windscreen but that was easy to sort out and its a great long distance car too !!! i normally drive to see family in newcastle and traveling from Bedfordshire is a very long drive but because the interior is very comfortable and spacey you find your self in a relaxed and focused mindset to even do long or short drives. the heated seats and privacy windows and great add ons including the cd player and standard speaker package which are brilliant for blasting your favourite bands and classic music from the radio !!! to be honest i wish i dnt have to sell mind when i did or i would have kept it till it died on me ... just a great great car !!!
practical, fun, enjoyable
MINI HATCH ONE 1.6 One 3dr (Review date: 3rd July '11)