Mini One vs BMW 116i | inGear

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Mini One

vs BMW 116i

Both are models of a premium brand, are German and they’re both by 1.6 litre petrol engines. from that they not be any more different. Here’s

For starters, the Mini One test car was and the 1-series Bee-Em was white. aside let’s see what’s


The Mini One is fitted a 1.6 litre petrol engine Valvetronic technology that 72 kW and 153 Nm torque. That’s about 20% power than the standard R30k more expensive) Cooper, but enough to get the little to 100 km/h from standstill in a 10.5 seconds. It will go on to do 186 km/h.

Claimed fuel consumption for the One is a 5.4 l/100 km and it burps out an eco-friendly 127 of CO 2 each kilometre.

My wife a 2002 Mini Cooper produced 85 kW when new and at speed you can this entry-level Mini One has go when overtaking for example. the six-speed manual ‘box to the revs in the happy range, it is enough and pretty nippy on

BMW 116i

Even though it only has a 1.6 litre power the 1-series uses BMW’s Turbo with double and 4-valve technology to produce power of 100 kW at 4 400 r/min and 220 Nm of from very low down. enables it to reach the 100 km/h a full two seconds quicker the Mini One and only runs out of at 210 km/h.

Thanks to ECO PRO mode and Brake Regeneration the BMW’s claimed figure is basically the same as the at a claimed 5.5 l/100 km for the combined Even CO 2 emissions are only 5 more per kilometre.

Even on paper the BMW is almost 40% more that the Mini, it doesn’t that much faster. In it must be due to the weight difference, but I think the Mini’s sporty deceived my perception somewhat. The BMW has noticeable lag if you don’t keep the up during upshifting under acceleration.

Get this right and you’ll drop the Mini in no

Mini one

Mini’s has always famous for their outstanding out, cliché following) like handling and the One is no exception. It is not as as the Cooper (not even our 10 old model), but this allows for a better ride even on roads. This was further by the belly not scraping in the apple when we visited the Arum Cottages for our wedding anniversary.

You can the One is a tad less direct when changing direction, like you’re overtaking a slower car in small gap in the oncoming traffic.

The test car had the double-spoke 18 inch with wide rubber and in mode the suspension is bone-jarring Together with the super-direct there is nothing I can fault the of the 1-series on.

Being rear-wheel-drive also up the front wheels to do what supposed to do.

Both cars more than enough safety features, such as airbags, Anti-lock Braking Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Stability Control and Dynamic Control. The Mini also has (Automatic Stability Control + to prevent the front wheels spinning to help you pull as fast as possible under traction situations.

You can switch off the control and on the BMW you can select Sport+ (as to Eco, Normal or Sport) to partially disable the computer traction. All of these features really come into when you’re way over the as both cars have amounts of mechanical grip.

This always comes to personal preference, but the 1-series BMW is too mainstream and popular, that you really notice them I would not hold it against to say the same about the ten year old shape of the Mini, but personally I notice a Mini when it by.

Inside the BM looks like any BM: all serious and functional. It’s got and my test car had the optional navigation which is fun until you’ve with it for a day. The Mini’s is the exact opposite. Large in the centre between driver and and rev counter on top of the steering column you can’t miss it.

Point being: it’s fun a Mini all the time. A BMW needs to be hard to enjoy.

Before I up the cars I really thought the rear wheel drive, Turbo BMW would be my clear but I’d put my money down on the Mini One any I must admit the sub-200 price-tag might have its part in my decision. Also in mind that the base of R273 000 for the 116i would be far in of R300k if you add up all the optional extra this one had ticked.

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