In the jargon of its BMW parent brand, you may hear this update described as a ‘Life Cycle Impulse’ or LCI in classifieds listings, this bringing with it the usual visual tweaks to freshen up the looks. These include new bumpers front and rear with more body-coloured trim, a revised grille, new wheel designs, optional black trim package and funky Union Flag rear lights like those seen on the Mini Hatch. On the inside the instruments have been replaced with a digital screen, which helps modernise the cabin. There’s no escaping, however, that this is a fast-moving sector and the fiddly interface with the infotainment, the number of tiny buttons and the general ergonomics feel a little outdated compared with more up to date rivals.
Standard equipment is decent, though, with all models getting the Navigation Pack via an 8.8-inch central display. A built-in SIM card means this is a fully connected system you can pair with your phone to send routes to the car and benefit from other online services. Bluetooth, DAB and CarPlay
are also included. New LED headlights are also standard across the range.
Beyond the base trim there are two further steps with increasing levels of luxury and equipment, plus the standalone John Cooper Works model with its own package of sporty upgrades. In the traditional Mini style the scope for personalisation in terms of colours, contrast roof shades, stripes and trim is huge, a selection of bundled ‘packs’ offering further upgrades. Suffice to say, it’s easy to bump up the price if you get in too deep on the options list.