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Retaining the style and character of the original model, the MINI One is one convincing MINI for those on a budget.

08 Sep 2014

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To date, all attention on the new MINI has been placed on the Cooper and Cooper S variants. It is naturally understandable as they are the marque's best-sellers and have impressed many, including us.

However, the recent adjustment in the way Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums are categorised has pushed even the 1.6-litre Cooper into Category B.

This is about to change because there has been a minor revolution at the entry-level of the MINI Cooper range. The MINI One used to simply be a detuned Cooper for the past two generations and it never quite hit the mark.

While some of the entry-level MINIs in other countries only get a 15-inch shoe, the Singaporean One has 16-inchers as standard

But now MINI is getting serious and is making the MINI One a defined model in its own right with a brand new engine which, in local context, puts the brand back in Category A.

Up close and Personal

It's really hard to play 'Spot The Difference' with the Cooper and the One. If it wasn't for the 'One' badge (that's a cheat code), we would have run out of credits.

Of course other than the badge, squint your eyes, look a little closer and you will realise that the One does without the LED daytime running lights and head lamps seen on the Cooper.


Moving inside the car, the first difference you'll notice from the Cooper is the centre infotainment console. Instead of the huge 8.8-inch screen, the One features a four-line TFT display as standard.

Nonetheless, the giant and colourful MINI LED ring wrapping around it serves as a visual delight, responding and changing to the different modes and functions.

The interior is a cool place to be in, with a funky vibe and customisable ambient lighting

The One is also more comfortable than before, especially for people at the back, thanks to a 28mm increase of the wheelbase over its predecessor that allows for more legroom.

A 211-litre boot capacity is sufficient for all the barang barang. If the need arises, this can be expanded to 731 litres with the rear seats folded.
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Car Information

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Price

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Engine Type

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3-cylinder in-line Turbocharged

Engine Cap

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1198cc

Horsepower

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75kW (101 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

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180 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

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6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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10.2sec

Top Speed

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195km/h

Fuel consumption

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20 km/L

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