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Top 5 Tuesdays: 5 Times MINI Made Us Proud to Be British

November 4, 2014

Sir Alec Issigonis isn’t a name that many people are familiar with, unless you’re a bit of a petrol head. However, Alec is responsible for what is arguably the most iconic vehicle design in the history of motoring – creating the original Mini back in 1959.

Under BMW’s ownership, the MINI has gone from strength to strength and the iconic hatchback seems to be more popular than ever – and even used MINIs are in strong demand. As one of the most stylish super-minis on the market, its solid build and innovative features make the MINI one of the most desirable cars on the road today. Today, the MINI is available in multiple formats, ranging from off-road to sleek and sporty – and in this week’s top 5 Tuesday, we’re bringing you our roundup of the very best.

MINI Clubman

Mini Clubman

Image Source: Gabriel Bridger

With 36 different Clubmans on offer there are options galore – whatever it is you want, you’re sure to find it. The Clubman MINI all over, except when it comes to proportions – giving you bags more space than the standard model.

MINI Convertible

MINI Convertible

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This super popular choice offers open top fun while remaining practical. Obviously people looking at a MINI aren’t looking for the ability to lug furniture or even a large family dog, but what the MINI convertible lacks in space – it more than makes up for in style and character.

MINI Countryman

Mini Countryman

Image Source: Bernard Goldbach

It seems that what was once a term steeped in ‘Americanism’ is well and truly here to stay. The SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) is a popular market and the Countryman fits into it well. The Countryman is a thoroughly stylish and fun 4×4 – adding a British touch to the SUV sector.

MINI Paceman

Mini Paceman

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The most expensive MINI available, the Paceman is a Sports Activity Coupe – the sporty version of the Countryman if you will. The Paceman offers a sharp drive and is capable of delivering a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds if you fancy yourself as a traffic light grand prix merchant.

MINI Roadster

Funky funky funky. This two-seater convertible, isn’t as stiff as the coupe but remains a great little car. Delivering an outstanding drive, it retains comfortable road holding rather than the rock hard ride found in sportier models and it’s our pick of the bunch!


With so many different options and packs available, trying to list them is an impossibility. A good variety of powertrain options are available across the MINI range including frugal diesels and lively petrol engines. With 98-218 bhp on offer and two and four wheel drive options available – there’s something for everyone.

As a MINI driver, you will no doubt encounter someone who feels the need to tell you all about why it isn’t a ‘proper’ Mini – but don’t let that put you off. The new MINI is quickly becoming a modern day classic, following in the footsteps of the original. With great styling, fun handling and that untouchable ‘cool factor’ – the MINI is a no-brainer!

If you’re looking for MINII finance, the Car Loan Warehouse can find you the best deals on a loan, regardless of your credit score. Have a look at our MINI finance page or try our simple and easy to use car finance calculator to see how much you could save!

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.