MINI One 5 Door Review
One for All

clifford chow
5 Jul 2018

a striking Union Jack motif, which are functional, and we must say, excellently executed

We can say that we are spoilt for choice nowadays, with vehicles coming in so many different shapes and sizes. Even for those who may be hunting for something less-expensive, may succumb to temptation of having something a little more premium. But that isn’t a bad thing at all really.

That is where the MINI One comes into play.

Built with the same premium quality as its more expensive siblings, yet a little more reachable, since it is after all a little more ‘basic’.

The One represents your foot through the door for access the premium British marque, and it actually is a lovely little car to own, and we shall tell you why.

Subtle Restyling

The facelifted car gets redesigned headlamps, with ring styled daytime running lamps, incorporating the turn signal lights. At the rear, the tail lamps are fully re-designed with a striking Union Jack motif, which are functional, and we must say, excellently executed.

Light 16” black alloy “Victory” rims are standard, which also would mean easy-on-pocket tyre changes. MINI also does not skimp on the chrome trim, with the front grille, lamp surrounds and door grab handles coated. Floor lighting from the wing mirrors, featuring the new MINI logo is included as standard.


Quality of the build is consistent with current-day MINIs, and the layout of the dash, featuring its signature infotainment unit with a circular LED surround. While there is plenty of piano black, it does come across as expensive, and the beefy multi-function steering wheel feels just fab in your hands.

Some notable improvements include a new shift lever which works the same way as those found in BMWs, and the instrument binnacle gets a new, cleaner-looking fuel gauge.

The manually adjustable seats up front are supportive and comfortable, and it is very easy to find that right driving position; while its traditionally more upright windshield gives the impression of more space up-front.

Rear legroom is a bit of a challenge for adults, since the car sits on a compact 2,567mm wheelbase, after-all MINIs still have to satisfy that Go-Kart drive.

Cargo room is respectable, with an adjustable floor, with a hidden compartment below for added flexibility of stowage, delivering anything from between 278 litres to 941 litres, the latter with the rear seats folded.

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SGD 122,888 (21 Jan 2021)

Based on OMV, this car is eligible for minimum 40% down payment

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Engine Capacity 1499cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 3
Bore x Stroke (82 x 94.6)mm
Power 102bhp @ 3900rpm
Torque 190Nm @ 1380rpm
Power to Weight 84 bhp per ton


Acceleration 10.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 195 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 18.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(3821 x 1727 x 1414) mm
Wheelbase 2495 mm
Kerb Weight 1215 kg
Boot Capacity 211 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 731 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs