MINI Voted Greatest British Car

The MINI has been voted the “Greatest British Car Ever Made” by Autocar readers.

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The MINI has been voted the “Greatest British Car Ever Made” by Autocar readers. The classic version has therefore eclipsed the Jaguar E-Type, McLaren F1, Morris Minor, and Caterham 7 in terms of popularity. The MINI was launched in 1959 to take-on small vehicles such as the Bubble Car. These were popular due to the fuel shortage caused by the Suez Crisis. As such, the MINI was only about ten foot long but had space for four adults. This was achieved – in part – by mounting the engine transversely, sharing its oil sump with the transmission, and fitting front wheel drive. Whereas this concept was not immediately popular the sport trims, rally success, and celebrity buyers boosted credibility.

This helped the marque evolve and expand. As such, motorists can now choose from a wide variety of vehicles. Highlights include the current MINI Hatchback, which has the style of its predecessor mixed with twenty-first century refinement. This complements the Clubman which is more practical than the Hatchback thanks to its larger boot - plus the stylish Convertible and Coupé. That brings us to the forthcoming MINI Clubvan. Strengths include the 860-litre cargo capacity, 500kg payload allowance, and the 115cm load length. And, importantly to some, it is one of the most fashionable and attractive vans in the world.

The all-new MINI Countryman John Cooper Works is even more enticing. Why? Because this rally-bred predator has a 1.6-litre 218hp petrol engine that propels it to 62mph in 7 seconds with either manual or auto transmission. Compared to its siblings it also has stronger brakes, a lower ride height, and stiffer suspension. Great for handling. The MINI Countryman JCW also has four-wheel-drive. As such power is sent 50/ 50 to the front/rear in normal circumstances, then to where it is most needed in slippery conditions. As importantly, it reduces the steering “tug” many powerful front-wheel drive cars send through your wrists. Plus, of course, it is a Countryman so it has five doors, a spacious boot, decent equipment specification, and striking looks. All for £28,595. Rejoice.

Greatest for what?collapsing suspension,breaking down in the wet,premature rusting and lousy gear change.Fools choice

Yes, all mine were rust buckets and Austin made a loss on every car! Innovative but a waste of working mens money.

The mini was a fantastic fun car to drive and the cooper s was brill even had a innocent i cooper brill car

Whoever mentioned collapsed suspension has clearly never owned one. They are rubber cones only the hydrolastic had some problems. The classic mini is indeed the best car ever made.Terrific fun,and so many cars these days are based on the principals of the mini.Nearly 3.8 million people can't all be wrong.

Quite agree with the last comment.The classic mini is the greatest car ever made.Fun to drive economical,brilliant handling.My grandson point out a classic mini which happened to be parked next to a BMW mini and shouted "look Pop Pops a proper mini".Very discerning for a little one who won't be 5 until December.I still get more fun driving my classic mini to my Range Rover Vogue.

to david baynam yes all of those things and more thats the fun

the early minis look great in gleaming white,but i feel that the mini got worse as the late 1980's came.they'res nothing like the original(in white!),but as for todays obese bmw mockers,well they can go to hell.if it wasn't for the Germans,then the mini would probably cost around 8,000 to buy today-typically,it is overweight,and overpriced.arrogant bmw,just can't bear to see something affordable being offered.i know a man who drove a proper british mini,and it was reliable and held the road mini?gimmee a suzuki swift instead!

you 'love em or loathe em'i loathe them..........try working on them for a living as i did....Rot, rot and more rot!i agree thet were fun to drive though, and thats what counts to most people, understandably.