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Mini adds First entry-level model

Date: 27 July 2009

Mini's no-frills First

Mini is releasing a new entry-level addition to its range, dubbed the Mini First.

The First, which replaces the One as the cheapest Mini on sale, will cost from £10,950. The One price range starts from 12,345.

The First offers the same 1.4-litre petrol engine as the One, but with power reduced from 96 to 75PS. This lower power combines with a start-stop system, brake regeneration technology and a gear-change indicator to produce fuel economy of 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 128g/km.

Performance takes a knock with the loss of power though, with 0-62mph taking 13.2seconds, compared to the Mini One's 10.9secs.

Three options packages are available for the First, a Design Package, Tech Package and Salt Package. Amongst other features, Design brings chrome touches, a leather steering wheel and heated mirrors, Tech offers Bluetooth and a passenger airbag cut-off switch, while Salt gives floor mats and an on-board computer.

Mini's First is on sale now.