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BusinessCar Awards 2013 - Supermini: Mini

Date: 22 January 2013

Last year was the 10th anniversary of Mini taking control of the Supermini category, and with the 11th year now secured there's no sign of the car's dominance waning.

The combination of brand prestige, fun-to-drive character and both efficiency and residuals that offer unbeatable running costs, means the Mini continues to be the choice of both head and heart in what is an increasingly competitive and high-quality sector.

The range still runs from 99g/km 98hp Mini One D and Cooper D through the 114g/km 143hp Cooper SD up to the range-topping 192hp John Cooper Works that is still under 150g/km despite its power, although the £22,455 price isn't practical for most corporate users.

The Mini also starred at the London 2012 Olympics, both with the 40 prototype Mini E electric models taking their place on parent company BMW's Olympic fleet, and the small radio-controlled version that sneaked into shot acting as javelin retrieval in the stadium itself.

While the Mini line-up expanded last year with the Coupe and Roadster, with the Clubvan and Paceman also imminently joining the Countryman, Clubman and Convertible, the original hatch is still the mainstay of the range.

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