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Awards 2008 - Supermini: BMW Mini

Date: 22 January 2008


The least surprising winner of this year's BusinessCar awards is the Mini, because it annihilates almost every other car on sale in the UK in terms of residual values, while maintaining massive popularity and affection despite increasing sales.

In 2007, Mini will set itself a new record by pouring more than 10,000 cars into the business market, which beats the entire model range totals for the likes of Jaguar or Lexus.

This year, BMW has introduced its Efficient Dynamics range of eco-measures to its smallest offering, which makes the environmental and economic case for the car even stronger.

The diesel gets under 120g/km for CO2 emissions while both the One and Cooper models drop below 140g/km and into the 15% BIK banding, which means drivers will be as pleased with the running costs as the company is with the depreciation. Obviously there are still practicality sacrifices in terms of both boot and rear passenger space, and standard kit is spartan to say the least, but it's a superb-handling, characterful little supermini.

Mini also increased the car's appeal in 2007 with the introduction of a new retro Clubman estate version, complete with two van-style doors at the rear instead of a hatchback.

The king of the perk car? For sure.