Top MINI models for businesses on the move
- 08 January 2014
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Since MINI relaunched and reinvented itself under the ownership of BMW the number of models introduced has gone through the roof.
Whether they are modern takes on old favourites or new iterations, MINI has quickly established itself as one of the most stylish manufacturers out there on the market.
Before booking your MINI leasing deal you should examine the different options available to you and see which suits your company’s needs best.
The MINI Clubman is an estate version first introduced in 2008 as a variant of the hatchback, before a Clubvan was then brought out in 2012.
It is identical to the two-door hatchback from the B-pillar forward but packs an additional 9.4 inches in length for an extra 260 litres of space inside.
The bi-parting rear doors provide good access to the rear seats while the boot is also spacious for all your business needs. The 1.6 diesel is undoubtedly the top choice for a company which will be on the road up and down the country on a regular basis.
The MINI Hatchback is now one of the most popular cars on the road – either that or their stylish design makes them stand out from the crowd. The three-door car was introduced in 2001, with a second generation following five years later.
The later models were based on a re-engineered platform which uses the Prince engine and architecture shared with Peugeot Citroen. This move was designed to make the vehicles more cost-effective and fuel-efficient – which is great news for fleet managers.
As with most MINIs there are a number of different trim levels available depending on budget, from the Cooper and Cooper S to First and D, which brought diesel power to the Hatch line-up.
With a familiar look the MINI Hatch also comes with all the toys that any business would require, including air conditioning, Bluetooth and media options.
The MINI Countryman has quickly established itself as a favourite among the business community since it was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010. This beefed-up version is a compact crossover SUV, giving a longer wheelbase, more room inside the cabin and a higher ground clearance than its Clubman cousin.
While it uses the same engines as the MINI Hatch and Clubman range, fleet managers can choose to invest in an ALL4 which makes it perfect for some off-road and rugged terrain conditions.
The Countryman looks big and secure and this was proved in the Euro NCAP results, which revealed a five-star rating.
If you fancy enjoying the open air then the MINI Convertible could be the choice for you. It was introduced in 2004, three years after the Hatch came out, with a second generation hitting the road back in 2008.
The standard power roof takes around 15 seconds to open or shut completely and can be done at speeds of below 20mph in case the British weather suddenly takes a turn for the worst. Drivers of the Convertible will also enjoy the nifty Openometer, which displays the time spent while travelling with the roof down – and could be the gauge of a good summer or not.